The MLS Miami stadium saga has taken yet another twist.
According to the Miami Herald, talks between David Beckham’s group and the local government have reached a sight impasse. The difficulties stem from Beckham’s group’s lack of approval of some of the terms requested by Miami-Dade in exchange for the county-owned parcel of land that is targeted as the club’s stadium site.
The report says that Beckham’s group has yet to approve aspects such as hiring goals, employee benefits and perks for local businesses as part of the proposed deal. The local government is reportedly requesting job training for local residents, free public transit passes for employees and an agreement that Beckham’s group won’t discriminate potential employers based on prior incarceration. In addition, a request has been made that Beckham’s group awards 65 percent of the stadium’s construction jobs to local residents.
According to the Miami Herald, Beckham’s group is awaiting approval from several partners before entering the deal.
“We expect to reach an agreement with the County soon,” Beckham’s group said in a statement, “at which point our team will enter the public [land-use and zoning] process en route to developing our privately-financed MLS stadium in Overtown.”
The latest delay is just the latest in a long line of issues faced by Beckham’s group in the pursuit of placing an MLS club in Miami. However, MLS commissioner Don Garber has repeatedly reiterated his belief that the group will succeed.
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