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