Florida Marlins: Moving to Las Vegas?

(Jan. 20) -- The Marlins are looking for a new home but that doesn't mean they are looking to move despite what we are hearing out of south Florida.

The team is again asking Florida officials for $60 million in public money to help finance a new ballpark. They are getting booted out of the Dolphins stadium in 2010.

Marlins officials met in Las Vegas with Mayor Oscar Goodman in December. And to help get what they want, the team is hinting that they might move here. And that set off Florida State Senate president Tom Lee.

Lee told the Palm Beach Post, quote, "I thought that we already appropriated money to help them move to Las Vegas. I was disappointed that they publicly announced the negotiations and discussions with Las Vegas. And I don't negotiate with terrorists."

Lee is accusing the Marlins of blackmailing the Florida legislature by threatening to move the ball club to Nevada.

Las Vegas 51's president Don Logan is the number one baseball man in Las Vegas and has been for years. He doesn't think the Marlins will be leaving south Florida any time soon.

He does reiterate that Las Vegas is on the radar of Major League Baseball but more needs to be done by the community to prepare for a major league franchise.


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