Apr 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (right) greets guard Dwyane Wade (left) after defeating the Charlotte Bobcats in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat Sign Agreement to Remain in South Beach Until 2040

While LeBron James may possibly be leaving the Heat in the offseason, it will be a very long time before the Heat leave Miami thanks to a new agreement that was signed by the team and Miami-Dade Country this week. Opting out may be a reality for players but the team that they’d be parting ways with is staying put where it is unit lat least 2040.

Per USA Today:

Saying they reaffirm the team’s commitment to the city, the Miami Heat announced Wednesday night that they have agreed to extend their partnership with Miami-Dade County another 10 years through 2040.

The deal is still subject to approval by the county’s commissioners, with a vote possible on May 6.

There really wasn’t a looming threat of relocation by the Heat anyways, but what this deal does is ensure that the team won’t be moving to a nearby location to play its games while still assuming the ‘Miami’ name. We’ve seen this done in New York, as the Jets and Giants play their games in New Jersey, as well as in California where the San Francisco 49ers actually play their games in Santa Clara.

But for the Heat, they’ll remain Miami in name and location for a very long time to come, even if the faces playing there change over time.

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