- Miami New Times: The Marlins are apparently haggling with their sugar daddy, Miami-Dade County, over $4.2 million in expenses. Tim Elfrink starts the story with, "Three full seasons after moving into a ballpark financed by a deal many experts still consider the worst ever for local taxpayers..."
- Houston Chronicle: The Florida legislature is moving forward with a land-swap that will ultimately allow the Nationals and Astros to build a new $135 million spring training mega-complex in Palm Beach County. After 20-30 years worth of financing, it looks like the state would be on the hook for $50 million, the county for $113 million, and the teams for $75 million.
- Wallethub: This is a press release, but its interesting - MLB is apparently suing a small internet company over their rather generic-looking logo. Crain's Chicago Business reports MLB may be close to settling the suit "amicably."
- ESPN: Wanna see what kind of renovations the Dolphins want an additional $90 million in tax dollars for? Living rooms on the 30-yard-line!
- Fangraphs: Mike Lortz, of @TBBaseballMkt fame, explores the Rays' troubles with the lack of fans living within 30 minutes of Tropicana Field. You can also see my 2013 post on it for why a new stadium doesn't necessarily "fix" the problem.
- Field of Schemes: The new spending from new stadiums seldom pays for its bills. Pass it on.
Monday, February 9, 2015
Smorgasbord: Marlins Want More Tax Money, Spring Training Updates, and More
A smorgasbord of good reads: