Posted May 06, 2013

Dolphins CEO: Team’s future in Miami ‘bleak’

NFL
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 CEO Mike Dee said his team will not pay for any renovations to 26-year-old Sun Life Stadium after the Florida Legislature ended its session without passing a funding plan that would help the team remodel the stadium.

Dee also said the prospects of the team staying in South Florida are not good at this time.

The Dolphins have been trying to lure the Super Bowl back to the area but that seems unlikely without the $400 million in renovations the team seeks.  Miami was expected to vie with Houston for Super Bowl L in 2016 and Super Bowl LI in 2017. San Francisco’s new stadium, expected to open in 2014, is also on the list of potential sites.

“We cannot do this without a private-public partnership,” Dee told WFOR-TV in Miami, via ESPN.com. “At this time we have no intention of investing more.”

Dee admitted, “We clearly have our work cut out for us,” and said having a stadium that’s competitive is  comparable to having a good quarterback on the team. Adding, you can win without one, but it would be difficult.

When asked about the long-term future of the Dolphins in South Florida, Dee said: “I wouldn’t want to prognosticate what the future holds, but it’s clearly bleak. I don’t think it’s an option for Steve Ross, but for a subsequent owner? The Dolphins are one of the only franchises in the National Football League that do not have a long-term lease with their community,” he said.


42 comments
Samson61
Samson61

I would laugh my azz offf at Dolphin fans forever if that clown Ross took your team to LA. That would be the crowning moment in what a bush town Miami really is. "LA has the Dolphins, the greatest football team.....". BWAHAHA.

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

Remarks like this always crack me up. Where, exactly, would he go? Name an available market bigger than the one he's in. There aren't any. All the likely cities are already long since taken.

WasBufNowWas
WasBufNowWas

BLAH BLAH BLAH.  The Dolphins are not going anywhere, and their ownership is not fooling anyone.

 

Hey, rich dude who gets to host the Super Bowl twice every decade without lifting a finger, you can kiss my cold Western New York derriere.

 

Go Bills.

Jcat71
Jcat71

Miami shouldnt use public resources to compete for low-wage jobs, even if it is just tiny tax paid by visitors (many of whom will be Florida residents btw).

Ciscos
Ciscos

"When asked about the long-term future of the Dolphins in South Florida, Dee said: “I wouldn’t want to prognosticate what the future holds, but it’s clearly bleak.."

 

Don't you just love how ownership of sports teams do the squeeze play on a community's testies? The Dolphins ARE South Florida (certainly not the misfits running the Marlins) and to even hint at a potential move is asinine.  Florida will pony up the money to renovate the stadium, of which the owners will pocket the revenue... blah... blah... blah... Otherwise you'll hear threats of moving to Los Angeles and elsewhere... and that's not going to happen.

DolFan63
DolFan63

It is really up to the community to ultimately decide if they want the team or not. Like any business, a football team attracts customers and these customers bring in revenue for the community in the form of tax dollars and purchases from staying in hotels, eating in the restaurants and fuel purchases, etc., etc., etc. I agree it should be a partnership. If the city of Miami and its' residents don't feel this way then the Dolphins owner/s should consider relocating to another community that wants an NFL franchise.

Boodah
Boodah

Waaaaaah! We don't want to spend our own moneeeeey! Waaaaaaah!

clemwilson1970
clemwilson1970

Yea make the people of Miami pay so the owners can get richer

PETE C
PETE C

He should go talk to the Marlins for a lesson on fleecing the city and its people to build a new stadium for "free"....

SteveByers
SteveByers

Why should the state pay for his stadium?  When the Patriots needed a stadium. the owner footed the bill himself with a little bit of state money to improve surrounding infrastructure.   I love these capitalist billionaire owners with their hands out.

GTT
GTT

Hey, there are dolphins in the Pacific right? Say off the Los Angeles coast? Problem solved.

Mathonwy
Mathonwy

Forbes estimates that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has a net worth of $4.4 Billion. When Dolphins CEO Mike Dee says “We cannot do this without a private-public partnership", he is not being accurate.

lordmurph
lordmurph

Leave then, really couldn't care less about the Dolphins or their future in Miami.

mike8
mike8

The NFL will force him to sell before they let the Dolphins leave the Miami area. 

Frank17
Frank17

Joe Robbie didn't need taxpayer dollars to build the stadium or to put a team on the field that won 2 Superbowls and had the NFL's only unbeaten season

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

It sould read: "Team's future is bleak." No matter where they go or stay as long as the Dolphins are owned by that clown they have no future.

Chris8
Chris8

So these teams already charge ridiculous prices to actually go to their games, not to mention the price on merchandise.  They somehow find a way to throw tens of millions of dollars at players, but yet can't find money to fix their own stadiums?

 

Why should taxpayers, many of whom may not give a crap about the Miami Dolphins, have to pay for anything related to the stadium BEYOND what they already pay in ticket prices?

Mel
Mel

The dude owns 93 percent of the stadium. He doesn't want to renovate? Sounds like a personal issue to me. Oh and as for that other 7 percent, exactly ZERO is owned by the county, city or state. Still waiting to hear why it is taxpayers should pay for it. Be the same as me going to the city and saying "I need a new roof on my house and want the city to pay for it".

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

*Winning* helps encourage the tax-payers to be more generous, Dolphins.  But your own front-office's parade of bad head-coach/GM hires the last decade in a a half has gotten in the way of that.

LarryYelen
LarryYelen

You know, Buffalo doesn't get the Super Bowl, either.  Maybe Ralph Wilson should be upset, too.

scottalderson
scottalderson

money wasnt coming from residents of miami-dade.  it was coming from a 1% bed tax from miami-dade hotels charged to visitors.  facts always help when making statements.  this was a backdoor deal with norman braman paying of weatherford to shelf the house vote even though the state senate already approved to referendum to come to public vote in miami dade.  always the dirty prick is a tampa district rep and he wants tampa to have a better facility than miami so they can beat out any ploys by south florida to get more big stadium events.  only an idiot would not vote for this.  it cost the resident ZERO, would have brought 4,000 jobs to the renovation and hundreds of millions to the local economy every time there is a major event.  oh well.  the ignorant will always continue to self propagate their ignorance.

JoseAGuevara
JoseAGuevara

should have asked for cash before the marlins

brighat
brighat

Yet another "threat" from a CEO saying were leaving if we don't get a new stadium or renovations to the old one. Where exactly would they move the team? Toronto, Ontario, Canada? London, England? Las Vegas? Los Angeles (the likely spot)? They aren't leaving a big market like Miami any time soon. Just talk.

Ciscos
Ciscos

 @John NoLastName Most of the big market cities are filled.  The second largest market in the country is LA. And LA isn't going to pony up any public money for a new stadium.  Farmers Field is a 90% private venture.  The remaining 10% will be on the City for infrastructure improvements.  Having said that, the Dolphins aren't moving to Los Angeles and they aren't moving out of Florida either.  Ross will get his upgrades and the team will remain in South Florida.  Unless he wants to hit his buddies up to help him build one somewhere else in the area - but he's not going to do that. 

Ciscos
Ciscos

 @Boodah Pretty much... which makes them squeezing the city for money hilarious.

Boodah
Boodah

As a clown, I couldn't agree more!

Travis89
Travis89

 @Mel Yeah...I agree with you. He's a typical greedy billionaire.

MikeHarrison
MikeHarrison

 @scottalderson Sorry, but the NFL is worth over $9 billion, and the owners make hundreds of millions a year, they can pay for their own damn renovations.  I am sick and tired of my taxes going to pay for stadiums(Indiana recently gave $100 million to the speedway in Indianapolis, a speedway which generates millions a year in profits mind you), yet they cut education and police spending, but give multimillionaires free money all the time.

 

If teams want public money for their stadiums, they should be forced to give back to the very people who are funding those renovations, but they never do.  Why is it, when a stadium is renovated with public money, the ticket prices and concession prices jump?  Its not like the ownership is recouping any money that they spent. 

 

Also, what happened to that huge chunk of money the NFL set aside in the last CBA for stadium renovations.  To me, if the league has over $9 billion, they can afford to give a loan to the Dolphins for $400 million to renovate a stadium. 

 

Someone posted an example of a new roof for their house, well thats a great point.  If a sports team needs a new stadium, let them build it themselves, otherwise I demand that states and local governments give me needed improvements on my house that I own.  Its only fair, I to generate tax revenue to the local governments so I should get stuff at taxpayer expense as well.

Moosejaw
Moosejaw

 @scottalderson 

Cost the resident Zero? How about the loss of property taxes the dolphins were trying to sneak in that would have cost the county 3.5 million a year? Is that a loss? Oh.....

How about the 4,000 bartending and shuttle driver jobs that are so vital to our growth. We need to serve out tourists so badly? Turning down beds and mixing drinks? Doesn't tourism generate hundreds of millions of dollars anyways? We're getting held ransom by corporate billionaires.Five years ago Huizenega made improvements that cost more than this one and he paid for it on his own dime. Guess what the NFL also told him he needed to do these improvements to get superbowls. I sir i am not an idiot. i researched all the facts and drew my own conclusions to vote no. I aspire more than to shuttle tourists from the hotel to the airport. 

thatmanstu
thatmanstu

 @scottalderson There is absolutely no reason a corporation as wealthy as the Miami Dolphins should receive any more welfare than they already do.Hotel tax or any other tax revenue has much better uses than subsidizing a profitable "taker".....

cuhulin1
cuhulin1

 @scottalderson Hotel taxes are not free money.  They make it more difficult to travel to Miami, hold big events in Miami (which bring in lots of other dollars and jobs), and limit the use of tax increases for other purposes.  Why shouldn't stadium owners pay for their own renovations?

balloot
balloot

 @brighat Except that LA isn't going to give funds to pay for a stadium either.  If you want a publicly funded stadium you have to move to some middling market where the city is desperate to please you.  Ask Jacksonville how that has worked out.

DamienW
DamienW

 @brighat L.A. is always the threat. There will never be a team there because then they lose that threat. And because cities are pissing themselves in fear, no stadium will ever reach 20 years old again with a half a billion dollars from taxpayers.

Ciscos
Ciscos

 @John NoLastName LOL. Respectfully, LA is a universe all to themselves. I have to admire their no public funds stance.  But LA would have had a team from someone moving or an expansion team a long time ago (even probably could have kept the Rams or the Raiders) but the flakey way they handle the City's business has always been their signature.  That goes all the way back to Phinneas Banning and the Port of Los Angeles.  LOL!