Another new name coming for the place where the Dolphins play

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At a time when the Miami Dolphins franchise continues to exude a continuous sense of dysfunction, the ever-changing name of their stadium will do little to persuade anyone that the team has found long-term stability.

And while the label applied to the place where they play their games has no direct relevance to the quality of the team, the numerous adjustments make it harder to persuade the average fan that the Dolphins have their house in proper order.

According to Manny Navarro and Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins will soon be looking for a new buyer of the naming rights, given that Sun Life Financial announced last week that it plans to abandon the U.S. market.  Thus, in three years — if not sooner — the stadium known as Sun Life will have a new name.

As a result, the stadium has had almost as many names as it has had starting quarterbacks.  From Dolphins Stadium to Joe Robbie Stadium to Pro Player Stadium to Pro Player Park to Dolphin Stadium to Land Shark Stadium to Sun Life Stadium, the question really isn’t what its name will be next, but how many new names it will have before the Dolphins win another Super Bowl?

The over/under is 5.5.

54 responses to “Another new name coming for the place where the Dolphins play

  1. How about they name it “The 72′ Dolphins Stadium”? Since it is their only claim to fame, and we have to hear about it over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over… I dont care who does it, I just want someone to go undefeated and shut the mouths of those clowns. Because it is pretty apparent that going undefeated in today’s era of salary caps, free agency, and inconsistent application of the rules by officials on game day, 19-0 would trump 17-0 without question. Dont give me that horse sh_t about “we did it first”, who cares if you did it first? Are you telling me that Bill Gates’ first computer is better than his current products, because that one was first? Of course not…

  2. How ’bout calling it “Play Like Crap” Park ……

    NEVER have to change the name again.

    That, or “Pop the Cork” Park.

  3. Just another punch in the gut from a franchise that is quickly becoming the laughingstock of the NFL. Our owner is an idiot, bringing all of these pop stars, our general manager is borderline at best, no decent coach wants the job dealing with the circus, and to top it off the majority of fans are either over 60, don’t speak English, or could care less whether the team wins or loses as long as they are seen at the games.

    Frustrated lifelong Dolphin fan.

  4. Sun Life Financial plans to “abandon the U.S. market” -telling sign of our economy’s prospects if a 150 year old global company is bailing out on us entirely.

  5. Either call it “Neutral Site Stadium” Or “Snow Bird Stadium”

    Bills Jets and Patriots fans all flock there for the road games.

  6. I’ll be the first to rip the Dolphins and what a joke they’ve become and how every decision they make is exactly the opposite of what a winning organization would do, but if the sponsor is walking away from the deal, I fail to see how that’s the Dolphins’ fault in any way. Naming rights deals change all the time, so sorry, can’t really blame this one on their on-going, dopey shenanigans……

  7. All you dolphins haters just keep one thing in mind we are the only team ever to go undefeated pre season ,regular season,playoffs,and Super Bowl so come talk your trash here after your teams do that
    Go Dolphins

  8. “…given that Sun Life Financial announced last week that it plans to abandon the U.S. market.”

    Not true. They are not abandoning the US market. They are just no longer selling variable annuity and individual life products in the US.

  9. I can’t stand these money making gimmicks. Change it back to Joe Robbie Stadium and call it a day.

    At some point teams will start selling franchise naming rights the way things are going. Halliburton’s Houston Texans, Mayflower’s Packers of Green Bay, etc. Anything for a quick buck, right? Look at how many times the set changes during the post-game show on NFL network. Rant over :/

  10. “cerberus14701 says:
    Dec 21, 2011 11:12 AM
    All you dolphins haters just keep one thing in mind we are the only team ever to go undefeated pre season ,regular season,playoffs,and Super Bowl so come talk your trash here after your teams do that
    Go Dolphins

    @cerberus14701:

    Im guaranteeing that you are 15, 18 tops. 🙂

  11. At this point the naming rights deal is a total joke for the Dolphins. Fans either refer to it as Joe Robbie or Dolphin stadium.

    The value has gone down tremendously since they aren’t getting anymore Super Bowls without upgrades, no more Marlins, and more and more events that will be lost to the American Airlines Arena and the Marlins as well as Panthers in Sunrise.

    They do have 10 NFL games, University of Miami and the Orange Bowl-but that deal is going to expire soon and there are musg better venues available.

  12. @FinFan68 who said “I can’t stand these money making gimmicks.”

    Totally agree. Next, we’ll have politicians walking around with brand names all over their suits, to generate $ for the government.

    Actually, that may not be a bad idea because we’d be able to see, at a glance, who owns our politicians.

  13. Not a Dolphins fan but this is well said Kudos to you my friend…

    nicksabansanahole says:
    Dec 21, 2011 9:50 AM
    Just another punch in the gut from a franchise that is quickly becoming the laughingstock of the NFL. Our owner is an idiot, bringing all of these pop stars, our general manager is borderline at best, no decent coach wants the job dealing with the circus, and to top it off the majority of fans are either over 60, don’t speak English, or could care less whether the team wins or loses as long as they are seen at the games.

    Frustrated lifelong Dolphin fan.

  14. all in fun

    seaworld stadium- “sea” other teams win!

    flipperfield!

    in seriousness rename it the orangebowl… if there can be a new yankee stadium there can be a new orangebowl. or dolphin field at hurricane stadium… (canes have done much more over the last 3 decades than the dolphins have)

  15. To me I think the name of the stadium should go back to Joe Robbie Stadium after the original owner or name it for the greatest football coach of all-time Don Shula.

  16. @dspyank2k11 nice guess but your wrong I was born in 76 so that makes me 35 years old so I am alot older then 18 and have been a fins fan my whole life and i am proud to be one win or lose its all part of the game

  17. cerberus14701 says

    All you dolphins haters just keep one thing in mind we are the only team ever to go undefeated pre season ,regular season,playoffs,and Super Bowl so come talk your trash here after your teams do that
    ——————-
    are you serious dude? You’re still claiming fame to something that happened in the early 70’s? You probably weren’t even born yet, get over it, your team sucks now.

  18. @ceschatz wow well any team can have a bad season but for a team that’s won six out of there last seven games and there running back was player of the week hmmmmm does that sound like a team that sucks I think not

  19. No BS. Either ‘Joe Robbie Stadium’ or ‘Don Shula Field’. Because without Joe Robbie, there would have been no Miami Dolphins franchise in the NFL and without Don Shula, the Dolphins franchise would not have been put on the map!

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