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Beckham has deal for stadium; MLS usage only to start

Breaking news from early Friday: City of Miami and Beckham group agree to stadium site next to Marlins Park

Will SunLife Stadium bet he Canes home forever?
Will SunLife Stadium bet he Canes home forever?
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Friday mid-morning had some breaking news about the Beckham/MLS stadium:

BUT, before Canes fans get too excited, I have to burst your bubble:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Beckham Group tells me they&#39;re still in dialogue with UM; they are preparing proposal for OB site. Moving forward,no done deal yet obviously</p>&mdash; Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) <a href="">July 17, 2015</a></blockquote>

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So, the deal as currently composed would have an MLS ONLY stadium on the site next to Marlins Park. That's the deal the Beckham group has obtained. BUT, The University of Miami could re-enter the picture, if they're willing/able to be financially involved with this stadium project.

This announced stadium deal does 2 things, in my mind:

1. It gives Beckham the location that works for his team (thought not the downtown stadium he previously said was the only way Soccer in Miami would work).

2. By securing a deal without UM involved, it now puts pressure on the University to ante up money for the additional 15,000 or so seating capacity, or miss out on the opportunity to move back to the heart of Dade County.

As has been the case throughout this process, expect future developments to come.

More as this story develops.