Representative Bryan Avila has filed legislation (HB 6005) repealing the Sports Development program. In 2014, the Legislature created the Sports Development program that authorizes distributions of state sales and use tax revenue to fund professional sports franchise facilities, up to $13 million.
The state of Florida already takes our taxpayer money and hands it out to billionaire sports team owners. The Florida Legislature currently budgets $2 million every year to each of the eight major sports franchises like the Miami Dolphins. In 2014, the Florida legislature decided to give sports team owners even more of taxpayer money by making available funding for privately owned stadiums to build or renovate sporting centers.