Posted May 04, 2013

Dolphins owner rips Florida lawmaker over stadium renovation bill

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Sun Life Stadium could be passed over for future Super Bowls if the stadium isn't renovated. (Wilfredo Lee/AP

Sun Life Stadium could be passed over for future Super Bowls if the stadium isn’t renovated. (Wilfredo Lee/AP

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross isn’t too happy about lawmakers’ decision to do nothing about a deal that would have provided taxpayer support for $350 million in needed renovations for Sun Life Stadium.

The team wanted both state and local help to pay for the renovations to 26-year-old stadium.  The Dolphins also wanted $3 million a year for the next 30 years from the state. The vote would have taken place on May 14.

Ross said it sends a “terrible message” to NFL owners who will decide in the near future about whether to bring a Super Bowl back to Florida in either 2016 or 2017. Next season’s Super Bowl will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and the 2015 game will be at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Ross directed his anger toward Florida Speaker of the House Will Weatherford.

“Speaker Weatherford did far more than just deny the people of Miami Dade the right to vote on an issue critical to the future of our local economy,” Ross said in a statement, via Pro Football Talk.

“The House put at risk the future of Super Bowls and other major events in Miami, which are so critical to our tourism economy. It’s a sad day when Tallahassee gives San Francisco and Houston a victory at the expense of our community.

“This inaction by the Florida House of Representatives is frankly irresponsible and regretful. The most basic responsibility and right a citizen has is the ability to vote. All we asked for was the opportunity to vote to not be denied. Unfortunately, the House chose to deny Miami-Dade residents the right to have the final say on this effort.”

 

29 comments
petergun72
petergun72

The answer is Danny Thomas.      Yeah that's How far I go back with the Dolphins. George Wilson was the first coach until Robbie got Shula away from the Colts and two years Later...............UNDEFEATED!!

But I don't like to live in the Past, I want a Super Bowl NOW!!

 

 

 

flfantasymaker
flfantasymaker

Steve Ross, I think the message is that municipalities  AND taxpayers are TIRED of funding stadiums for billionaires yourself. These stadiums are primarily built for sports teams and if you can afford a $1+ billion dollar franchise then you can affords the stadium and or improvements that are needed.

Ron M
Ron M

They'll just have to raise the price of jerseys to $100 a piece to pay for it, oh wait a minute, they already did!!!

DJL329
DJL329

Republicans, like Stephen Ross, are vehemently opposed to government welfare -- unless it's for them.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

If I don't run my business profitably it goes under. This guy screws up his business and he wants the taxpayers to bail him out. Screw that.

Cool
Cool

A republican backer wants the state of Florida to build him a new football stadium and pay him 3 million a year so that he can call the police and have those homeless people arrested for sleeping in his parking lots?  

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

I'd like for the residents of Tampa to vote on whether or not the state of Florida will subsidize a new tennis court and swimming pool to my house.  I'll hire a part-time ballboy and charge people $20 an hour to play on it.  Therefore, I'm creating jobs and improving my local economy.  

ArtFridrich
ArtFridrich

What's even a bigger hoot is that he is Republican contributor, which I guess makes sense. Screw the people, I want it all for me, my 4 billion net worth and my companies! All that said, it would be really surprising if Florida didn't back down and pay this thief off!

Lee12
Lee12

Damn.....pay for your own stadium. If the tax payers got free tickets, then great, but they don't.

nathan l
nathan l

Wow. I totally get it that the Dolphins are in a tough spot. What is $9 billion annually divided by 30 anyways?

DD
DD

Wait until ESPN gets wind of this story. They'll roll out old Mercury Morris to blabber on pointlessly like they do every time an undefeated team goes down. It's a Pavlovian response for them. Dolphins story? Cue Morris.

Thomas Baker
Thomas Baker

Hey Mr Ross Joe Robbie built that stadium without the Public's money, the least you can do is upgrade it yourself!

 

The people of Miami got fleeced when the paid for the new baseball stadium and now your out to fleece them again all for your gain.

Indysteve1227
Indysteve1227

I love the NFL but the days of subsidizing teams is over. They make too much money to justify taxpayer support. And why do they need $3 million a year for 30 years? It was the wrong time to expect more public funds from Miami considering the Marlins stadium debacle.

Florencio
Florencio

I don't get it, how does this deny Miami from voting on anything.  From what I read it only prevented a vote on a bill which provided cities with additional state tax money.  Miami could still put together a vote to fund the renovations without state funds if they really thought it was worth it. 

kelley.t.m
kelley.t.m

If the team cannot make it as a viable business enterprise, why should taxpayers support it be required to pay for it. Put a winning team on the field, or move to LA. Losers.

MPWR2
MPWR2

Corporate welfare

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

You guys have said it. The multi millionaire or billionaire owners whine and cry for state money as if they should automatically get it. No sympathy to be found here. These guys need to be PAYING more, not getting more. 

tormato
tormato

So let me get this straight:  This guy, whose team generates some $200 million in revenue per year, wants the state of Florida to pay him $3 million a year for 30 years?  I'm sure the State could find a better use for that money than lining the pockets of Ross and the NFL.

 

 

JohnR.Grace
JohnR.Grace

I have never seen a single article that proved a cost benefit to a municipality for public expenditure on stadiums.  Furthermore, the idea of giving billionaire owners public dollars in order to pay millionaire players is appalling.  Finally, the NFL is a $9 billion a year industry with owners wearing $1,000+ suits to games, sitting in million dollar luxury boxes, private jets, and family on padded payrolls...better to spend those dollars on permanent and local jobs.

carleton95
carleton95

Why should Florida taxpayers pay a nickel for a Dolphins stadium renovation bill, when Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria fleeced Miami for a new Marlins stadium?  

lazaro
lazaro

 @tormato Exactly. Taxpayer money should not be going towards stadiums.

Shortofbrillant
Shortofbrillant

 @JohnR.Grace Millionaire players who pay no money to the state in form of income tax. Something sure does not add up.

sammyspade1
sammyspade1

 @JohnR.Grace Excellent comment.

What the voters should be voting on is for the ability to re-designate that earmarked money so that it can be directed into teachers salaries. Not into any other public services like fire. Those people make 90 G's to start in Miami-Dade.

scBlais
scBlais

 @carleton95 All he said was that it should have gone to a vote for the tax payers to decide.

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

 @Shortofbrillant  @JohnR.Grace Eddie is correct, we do not have a state income tax.  But other than that, I agree that cities and states need to stop paying the teams to play there.  It's ridiculous that people who have money that's no longer needed for anything other than extreme excess is asking the public for more money.  

eddiej
eddiej

@JohnR.Grace Nobody pays state income tax in FL,including you if you lived in the state.So why bring the players up when the story wadn't about them??