The use of taxpayer money to buy rich people new stadiums is as common as it is shameless. But one politician, currently trying to avoid throwing in tens of millions of dollars for a soccer stadium, has a brilliant idea: If a city or county pays for a large chunk of a team's home, they ought to own a slice of that team.
Orlando is a prohibitive favorite to land one of the new MLS teams. But Orlando City SC, playing in the USL Pro, will need a larger, soccer-specific stadium to make it to the big leagues. Last week, local politicians announced the tentative framework of a deal that would build an $85 million stadium in Orlando—with the team paying just $30 million. The rest would come from the city and county.