Miami will pay Dolphins $4 million for a Super Bowl

The Indianapolis Colts take on the New Orleans Saints during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  Doug Benc/Getty Images

Minnesota is hotly debating what the NFL gets from cities that host a Super Bowl, and now the Miami Herald says Miami-Dade County is poised to approve a new subsidy deal for the NFL in south Florida.

Dolphins owner Steve Ross hasn’t had any luck convincing officials there to contribute to a planned, $350 million renovation of Sun Life Stadium.

Instead, his team will be eligible for bonuses offered by Miami-Dade County. The Herald reports:

Under the deal, Miami-Dade would pay the Dolphins a maximum of $5 million a year based on this bonus schedule:

• $4 million for a Super Bowl or World Cup finals match
• $3 million for a World Cup semi-final or a national college-football championship
• $2 million for a college play-off game
• $750,000 for an “international soccer match or other sporting event which attract significant tourists to Miami-Dade County with at least 55,000 Paid Tickets distributed.”

The money would come from hotel taxes in the county, and reportedly wouldn’t offer any bonus for the annual Orange Bowl game. The move also comes just as Mayor Carlos Gimenez is warning of big budget cutbacks for the police department and pay cuts elsewhere to help close a $150 million budget gap.