Part 2: Marlins' Samson is not going down alone

Posted on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010

Florida Marlins' president: Officials knew about profits

As the outcry grew over illuminating team financial statements made public this week, Marlins president David Samson said Wednesday that city and county officials were aware of the ballclub's relative health during negotiations for a publicly funded baseball stadium.

But that stands in contrast to statements made this week by several Miami-Dade commissioners, as well as those of a county official speaking on behalf of Mayor Carlos Alvarez.

Appearing on 790 The Ticket on Wednesday evening, Samson said the leaked documents -- which first appeared on the team turned a $49 million profit for 2008 and 2009 should have come as no surprise to elected officials who negotiated the $642 million stadium deal.

Marlins Stadium vote on track to pass

As expected, it looks like the Marlins have made the right connections to get the buy in of black leaders on their stadium project. Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones got what she wanted for Overtown and the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce and the Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP will announce an agreement with the Marlins at the Chamber's Annual Luncheon tomorrow, March 13.

What we know now is that the Chamber and the NAACP have structured a Community Compact Agreement with the Marlins that guarantees 15% of all construction contracts that equals the Marlins private participation in the building of the proposed Marlins Stadium be set aside for black businesses only. It also guarantees 15% of the ongoing operations of the stadium is given to black-owned businesses on an annual basis.

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