Nov 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Fans line up outside the American Airlines Arena before a game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Miami Heat. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mayor Carlos Gimenez Not So Hot on Heat Extending Stadium Deal to 2040

On Thursday, a report surfaced that the Miami Heat had added ten more years to the team’s stadium lease in Dade County, but as it turns out not everyone was on board with such an announcement being made. Despite everything sounding official, Mayor Carlos Gimenez isn’t in support of the deal as it stands and was more than puzzled when the announcement he never agreed to was made public.

Heat lobbyist Jorge Luis Lopez helped clear the air a little saying that the email he prepared with owner Mickey Arison was premature and more final than it should have come across as being.


Per the Miami Herald:

Gimenez said Thursday he was still baffled at Arison’s sending out the email, which touted an extended lease that would have the Heat pay rent on the county-owned AmericanAirlines Arena but also increase Miami-Dade’s subsidy tab by about $121 million through 2040. “For some time, I relayed to them I was not comfortable with that amount,’’ Gimenez said during a round of interviews in his office Thursday.

As the Herald points out, if anything comes out of this snafu it’s that the county’s top official is not as onboard with the Heat extending their lease as it seemed yesterday. This could cause problems downy he road but the deal already runs through 2030, so any issues about relocation coming from hurt feelings won’t be addressed until maost of the involved parties have moved on.

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