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Miami mayor wants Super Bowl promise before public money

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The Panthers got their public money for stadium upgrades by promising to stay for at least 15 years.

The city of Miami wants something the Dolphins can’t deliver on their own.

According to the Miami Herald, Mayor Carlos Gimenez is suggesting that he wants a promise of a Super Bowl before public money is committed to Sun Life Stadium.

“I don’t want to be eligible for anything,” Gimenez said. “I’d like to see the results and actually land something.”

The mayor and the Dolphins announced a plan to let voters decide whether to use hotel tax funds, a vote which could happen before the owners meeting in May when 2016 and 2017 Super Bowls are awarded.

It’s a cart-before-the-horse idea by Gimenez, as the league uses Super Bowls as the carrot for new stadiums or upgrades. And while Miami has legitimate competition for those Super Bowls (San Francisco and Houston), it’s hard to imagine South Florida ever falling out of the rotation for the game.

While voters in Miami are still sore about buying the Marlins a new stadium only to see a competitive team gutted, the Dolphins say their polling indicates the measure for a hotel tax increase would pass.

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8 Responses to “Miami mayor wants Super Bowl promise before public money”
  1. gsiggins says: Feb 12, 2013 10:22 AM

    Is the guy really so dense that he thinks the Super Bowl wouldn’t come back to MIAMI IN FEBRUARY if they had a new stadium?

  2. tomtravis76 says: Feb 12, 2013 10:32 AM

    If Steve Ross won’t re-work his budget to the 201 million he will put in, then the best thing is to put it to a vote.The Dolphins are counting on nobody showing up to vote. And most likely they will get their money because nobody will take the time to vote against it, the Dolphins will work hard to confuse potential voters when the actual vote is and the extra effort will keep the polls in the Dolphins favors. Enjoy the new video boards in …well, it won’t be Sun Life stadium much longer, gotta get a new sponsor.( if Norman Braman had an funny bones in him he would get the Stadium naming sponsorship deal done to have the stadium named after him and his auto dealerships.)

  3. fuglyflorio says: Feb 12, 2013 11:19 AM

    The Superbowl should be on a rotational basis between all 32 teams. There’s nothing magical about any city. This is just greed and ego.

  4. mrlaloosh says: Feb 12, 2013 11:21 AM

    Miami, New Orleans and San Diego are the only places that should host Super Bowls. New Jersey? Child please—

  5. lippy4246 says: Feb 12, 2013 12:02 PM

    That stadium was built in 1987 for $115 million of Joe Robbie’s own money and no one elses so he could have the only word and the final word. Stephen Ross owns that stadium lock stock and barrell and he’s begging the government for funds to improve his building. I think it’s funny when you look back at history and see that Robbie built that stadium with all his money so no one could tell him what to do and a billionaire is now snivelling to the people with his hands open

  6. iamedreed says: Feb 12, 2013 12:20 PM

    the cities that are in the SB rotation are at a considerable competitive advantage with things like this

    lets not even get into the fact that if one of those teams ever gets to play a home game in the SB

    the SB should rotate between the 32 NFL cities and award other cities who have put up public money to finance stadiums

  7. robert831 says: Feb 12, 2013 1:42 PM

    Miami don’t give this owner a cent. He already owns the stadium and is worth over 4 billion dollars. He can afford to spend 200 million or what ever he wants to upgrade it. Plus he will get a SB and gets all the revenue from all the other events hosted there. Why the heck would he even want a hand out? Flat out greed or what? It doesn’t make sense, I would rather retain complete control if I were him.

  8. cometkazie says: Feb 12, 2013 3:15 PM

    Robbie may have built the stadium on his own but in these days the owners squeeze as much money out of their cities as they think possible.

    Greedy? You are darned right, but it’s common business practice and they know other cities are out there who will woo them if they think they are available.

    Sympathy to the poor billionaire?

    So, play in Jersey in the sleet or Miami in the rain?

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