A recent firestorm over the leaking of several Major League Baseball team audited financial statements prompted South Florida elected officials to say they were misled in negotiations with the Florida Marlins for a $642 million bond-financed stadium, which is under construction and due to open in 2012.

The website Deadspin.com posted two years of financials for the Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Texas Rangers. The documents showed that the Marlins made nearly $49 million in 2008 and 2009 as they negotiated with the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County Commission for a new ballpark.

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