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Fla. lawmakers may use state money to lure soccer

Posted at 11:54 AM, Feb 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-19 07:21:09-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida lawmakers are considering whether to pay $2 million a year in order to lure Major League Soccer to the state.

A state Senate panel on Tuesday approved a measure (SB 358) that would guarantee $2 million a year for the next 30 years to help pay for a soccer stadium. Orlando has been mentioned as a possible candidate for a new MLS franchise.

The bill sponsored by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, would permit a state subsidy for two MLS teams.

The move to help lure professional soccer is coming at the same time that other sports teams are also seeking state help. The Miami Dolphins are asking for $3 million a year for the next 30 years to help upgrade Sun Life Stadium in South Florida.