The Florida state legislature on Friday rejected hearing a referendum that would have provided public renovations to the Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium, and in doing so probably killed any chance of Miami hosting Super Bowl L or Super Bowl LI. The Dolphins had been seeking nearly $300 million in public funding for renovations to Sun Life Stadium, which was built in 1987. With Miami out of the picture, the San Francisco 49ers look to be the favorite to host Super Bowl L in 2016 in their new stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Houston has emerged as a favorite to host Super Bowl LI in 2017. NFL owners will vote on May 21 on the games' sites. Dolphins' owner Steven Ross was not happy with Florida House speaker Will Weatherford, who refused to bring the legislation up before the legislature, according to the Miami Herald. The House killed the stadium effort without a vote. "He put politics before the people and the 4,000 jobs this project would have created for Miami Dade, and that is just wrong," Ross told the Herald, accusing Weatherford of misleading him. Weatherford denied he had made any promises on the bill, and other House members called it a "bad deal" for Florida taxpayers. If the legislature had approved the deal, the people of Miami Dade County would have voted on May 14 on the referendum to raise the hotel tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. The Dolphins would have also been eligible for up to $90 million in state sales tax rebates.
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