One possibly big step could be on the way for any potential Major League Soccer clubs in the Sunshine State. Up to two MLS franchises would be eligible for subsidies given to other pro sports teams in Florida under a bill filed in the Florida State Legislature.
Right away this bill would help Orlando land a MLS team that they have been working over the last two years to get.
Just some quick dirt on the bill that was file:
A measure (SB 358) filed earlier this month by Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland, would add MLS to the list of leagues in which franchises are eligible for a $166,667 monthly subsidy from the state. Currently, NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball and National Hockey League teams are eligible for the payments. Simmons’ bill says two facility certifications for new MLS franchises should be reserved.
The money wouldn’t immediately help pay for a new stadium but it could help with other costs that are involved in landing a MLS club.
Any time the local or state government gets involved to help with money for a potential MLS club, that usually means good things. Teams will take money when they can get it in these cases.