Florida bill targets taxpayer funding of professional sports franchise facilities

A Florida bill, SB 778, sponsored by Senator Tom Lee (R) repeals F.S. 288.11625, the Sports Development program.

The Liberty First Network notes, “In 2014, the Legislature created the Sports Development program that authorizes distributions of state sales and use tax revenue to fund professional sports franchise facilities, up to $13 million. The state of Florida already budgets $2 million every year to eight major sports franchises like the Miami Dolphins.”

The proposed legislation would repeal provisions relating to state funding for sports facility development by a unit of local government, or by a certified “beneficiary” or other applicant, on property owned by the local government, etc.

“Beneficiaries” defined under Florida Statute 288.11625 include a include “a professional sports franchise of the National Football League, the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association, the National League or American League of Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the North American Soccer League, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the promoter or host of a signature event administered by Breeders’ Cup Limited, or the promoter of a signature event sanctioned by the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing…”

Related:

Legislation CS/HB 7095 – “Stadium Bill” Authorizing Tax Dollars for Professional Sports Facilities

F.S. 288.1166 Designating a Sports Stadium as Shelter for the Homeless

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