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Before Buffett, Fins bowed to Bon Jovi

There’s a front-page item from Terry Lefton in the brand-new SportsBusiness Journal regarding the new push in Miami to combine so-so football with so-so entertainment.

Recently, the Dolphins have announced that Jimmy Buffett and Gloria Estefan will join the new ownership group led by Stephen Ross.

But SBJ points out that the first choice was a bigger-name rocker who once had even bigger name.

Jon Bon Jovi.

The part owner of the soon-to-be-defunct (in our estimation) AFL’s Philadelphia Soul was the initial singer approached by Ross to join the effort to fill every dead spot of every game with something to stimulate fans in an era where ADD is becoming part of our DNA.

But Bon Jovi didn’t want to share the stage with other entertainers.  Per SBJ, he “insisted” on an exclusive arrangement.  And so Ross moved on to other possibilities.

With Bon Jovi’s only other football enterprise circling the drain, he probably wishes now that he had been a bit more flexible than that steel horse on which he rides.

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21 Responses to “Before Buffett, Fins bowed to Bon Jovi”
  1. mashoaf says: Jul 13, 2009 11:01 AM

    If the Saints Players and Coaches need tax credits, they should go and invest in the AFL.

  2. Mr Walker says: Jul 13, 2009 11:03 AM

    That Jersey boy was gonna throw in with the Dolphins?
    What a fag!

  3. DolFan Dan says: Jul 13, 2009 11:03 AM

    “So-so football”??? That’s how you categorize the AFC East champs? A team that increased their win total by 10 games in one season? What does it take to get to “good football”?

  4. Dolphin Fan says: Jul 13, 2009 11:30 AM

    DolFan Dan says:
    July 13, 2009 11:03 AM
    “So-so football”??? That’s how you categorize the AFC East champs? A team that increased their win total by 10 games in one season? What does it take to get to “good football”?
    Lighten up Francis, the fish haven’t won a Super Bowl in 35 years.

  5. texasPHINSfan says: Jul 13, 2009 11:39 AM

    i’m with DolFan Dan….
    but i don’t know if i’m a fan of this Stephen Ross guy. He’s making a mockery of the NFL by turning it into a circus. If he didn’t have the money for complete ownership & wanted to dilute ownership to 30 stars & musicians, why did he get involved in the first place?

  6. VoxVeritas says: Jul 13, 2009 11:40 AM

    “What does it take to get to “good football”?”
    Apparently, a playoff win. But even that might not do it (doubt it would do it for the Cowboys).

  7. texasPHINSfan says: Jul 13, 2009 11:40 AM

    Dolphin Fan – “good football” isn’t defined as winning a superbowl in the last however many years….

  8. smiley says: Jul 13, 2009 11:45 AM

    Bon Jovi a rocker? Haha!!! Maybe for girls.

  9. rasalas says: Jul 13, 2009 11:45 AM

    You need to troll wider for sources to crib from (and then criticize). Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald wrote about the Bon Jovi/Dolphins connection a few weeks ago on his blog:
    http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2009/06/ross-continues-search-for-diverse-ownership.html

  10. screaming sheep says: Jul 13, 2009 12:26 PM

    I’m ashamed to say that I actually saw them on their first tour when they were considered rock. 1986 at Mississippi State with Cinderella. Oh the hair bands.

  11. DeuceDropper says: Jul 13, 2009 12:36 PM

    “With Bon Jovi’s only other football enterprise circling the drain, he probably wishes now that he had been a bit more flexible than that steel horse on which he rides.”
    ———————
    Dude’s just living by his motto: ‘We’ve gotta hold on to what we’ve got. It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not.’

  12. BorisBulldog says: Jul 13, 2009 3:13 PM

    DoLfanDan?
    The fish won’t win 9 games this year!
    That cute and gimmicky “wildcat” offense won’t sneak up on anybody this year and Penningdone is washed up!

  13. RaidersSavior says: Jul 13, 2009 3:30 PM

    I’d have to say that so-so football is right on par. One “break-out” seasons isn’t exactly good football. It’s a cinderella tale. Remind me how the Fins did the year previous to last years fluke (pardon the pun) run. In fact, lets look since 2004:
    04 – 4-12… spectacular
    05 – 9-7… one loss shy of mediocre
    06 – 6-10… ummm. Draft lottery?
    07 – 1-15… laughing stock of the league
    Lets be real – the dolphins are hardly the team of the decade, and one above average season hardly decries “Good” football. Two or three straight 11 win season’s and that title is within reach. But history is not on your side.
    Though, being a Raiders fan, I haven’t had anything to do but complain since the BS tuck rule game, so I empathize. But I’m also realistic. Even if the Raiders came out 13-3 this year, I would be hard pressed to say they are a “good” franchise, at least, for now.

  14. raider_md says: Jul 13, 2009 3:36 PM

    I’d take Buffett over a thousand Bon Jovi’s. Anytime.

  15. db3300 says: Jul 13, 2009 3:48 PM

    “But SBJ points out that the first choice was a bigger-name rocker…”
    Based on what? Buffett continues to sell out concerts past the age of 60 and has been doing so since before Bon Jovi ever came on the scene in the 80s. He still brings in teens as well as their grandparents.

  16. FinHead says: Jul 13, 2009 4:28 PM

    DolFan Dan says:
    July 13, 2009 11:03 AM
    “So-so football”??? That’s how you categorize the AFC East champs? A team that increased their win total by 10 games in one season? What does it take to get to “good football”?
    ———————————————–
    Here, here! AFC East Champs still get no respect. Beware the Fins in ’09 – they are much improved over last year, and will be a force in the AFC East. Who else will win it – QB-less NY and Buffalo? NE with a QB who is recovering from 2 knee operations?? OMG, I can not wait for the season to begin so the Fins can prove every one wrong.

  17. Ripp says: Jul 13, 2009 9:26 PM

    You have to excuse Florio, he is a Pats fan. His idea of good football is video taping signals.

  18. Ripp says: Jul 14, 2009 4:03 AM

    RadiersSavior, linking one season to another makes no real sense. Its out right dumb actually. Look at the last time the Raiders went too the SuperBowl for example. The very next year they tanked and never was the same since. So are you telling me that the last SuperBowl your team won was a fluke?
    When Miami went 1-15 my prediction was that they would win 10 games the next year ( which they did me one better). Why? Because look who was on IR at the end of that 1-15 season. They went through 8 safeties, (that alone is unheard of), 4 running backs, 3 offensive guards, their starting qb, their star ILB, their starting CB, and they traded their best WR.
    Every year is a different year and what Miami did should not be discredited for what ever reason people like you want to come up with because in the end no matter who you have on your roster you still have to win the games. Just ask anyone on the Cowboys that.

  19. RaidersSavior says: Jul 14, 2009 8:23 AM

    Ripp -
    I was so tempted to simply ignore your “dumb” comment and feign ignorance to stupidty. However, since this is a blog, I feel compelled to back my statements up with fact – something sports writer’s often don’t do.
    The Raiders last superbowl appearance was NOT a fluke – here’s why. Their records in the years leading up to that appearance are as follows:
    2000 – 12-4
    2001 – 10-6
    2002- 11-5
    Three years of solid play indicates that the appearance (and subsequent loss to a team who, by the way, was their former coach and knew not only the players, but the play book inside and out and was able to formulate a game plan to completely shut them down on both sides of the ball) was simply not a fluke.
    If two years from now the Fins finish with 9 or more wins and 3 consecutive playoff appearances, I will certainly eat my words. But in my humble opinion, last season does not merrit any type of accolades because their performance since 2002 has flat out sucked – as has the Raiders since their appearance in the Grudenbowl.
    Sorry, thanks for playing.

  20. Ripp says: Jul 14, 2009 1:09 PM

    Ok, so when the Rams came out of nowhere to win the SuperBowl was a fluke? Like I said to think that way is dumb! For every explanation you give I can trump that because there is always an example why your great theory dose not hold up.
    I will use Miami as an example again. 2000 they went 11-5 was 1st place in their division, the following year 11-5 again missed the playoffs, 2002 9-7, and 2003 10-6 missed the playoffs. Good records but they did not win the games they needed too reason being they did not make the playoffs. Last year they won the games they needed to win and thats why they won their division.
    Its ok son, you can go ahead and tell yourself that you won this game. I will humor you.

  21. perspective says: Jul 14, 2009 7:56 PM

    He could have made some of the money back he lost in the other league he had invested in. There is a vast difference in the nfl and the arena league. Oh well.

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