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Depends. Is there any short term gain? Are their local politicians set in their relunctance? Theoretically, South Florida is the best market available, but its promise has been unrealized (partly at fault by the actions of the team's various owners) and its local politicians balking at a new park for a decade.

 

I'd say no. South Florida may be against any new funding for a ballpark now, but I suspect they'd bend a bit easier than a municipality thrilled to have any major league franchise and spent gobs of money to renovate and expand a minor league park.

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Isn't the whole point of this process to get a stadium for free (or relatively close)?

 

If no other market is ponying up a stadium, I don't think they'll move, remember, the only thing wrong with Miami at the moment is that the stadium isn't free.

 

Of course it is. They are after all a franchise affiliated with Major League Baseball, who for decades has set that precedent. They aren't going to back down from that demand here or anywhere else.

 

There's a good amount of things that are troubling about Miami, including lackluster fan and business support, weak broadcast rights contracts and inhospitable weather, but none as high on the list as issues related to getting a new lease at Dolphins Stadium (a landlord unwilling to renegotiate) or a new stadium (funding gap, land acquisition costs at favorable locations, emboldened local politicians).

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There's two sides to the revenue picture. Game revenues (tickeets, parking, concessions, etc) and broadcasting rights fees. Market size is important when it comes to broadcast rights because advertisers buy impressions (pairs of eyes that see/hear their commercials). And there's no market bigger than Miami-Ft. Lauderdale that currently has no MLB team. So leaving to a new city is a gamble that the new ballpark will provide enough revenues to offset revenue loss from smaller broadcasting fees. Even a fully paid-for stadium in another market may not make financial sense for the club depending on the size of that market.

 

But if the Marlins have no home in SoFla after 2010 or whatever the deadline is for the lease with DS, then they may have to take a less than optimal deal.

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I was never one to wish the team was sold....but it is becoming more apparent that the ownership has to change.

 

Obviously cities aren't going to just Buy the team a staduim...time for plan B

 

Any new owner approved by MLB will require the same thing. ou're really wasting your time holding out hope someone other than the local politicians are going to save the Marlins. Hopefully they come through sooner rather than 20 years of also-ra status and the constant fear of losing the team or after relocation/contraction and expansion. You can't cheat the game.

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