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Ross, Braman continue South Beach billionaire battle

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The effort to renovate the Miami Dolphins’ home stadium with public money has sparked a fight between two guys with a lot of it.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and former Eagles owner Norman Braman (pictured), both billionaires, continue to battle over the question of whether taxpayer funds should pay for part of the effort to upgrade Sun Life Stadium.  According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the spat is getting personal.

In other words, it’s getting good.

In recent days, Dolphins CEO Mike Dee called Braman a “bitter man” and “irrelevant.”  (At least he’s not the world’s most irrelevant billionaire, a title I still aspire to achieve.)  Braman, in turn, privately has called Dee “an [expletive].”  (Armando, you’ve got to give us something more than that.  First letter or last letter, please.  Otherwise, the imagination leads to all sorts of places, including words that may or may not include hyphens.)

Not to be outdone, Ross privately has said that Braman is “full of [expletive].”  (OK, that’s a little easier.)

At a stadium-related press conference on Wednesday, Dee said Braman took public money to fund his car dealerships.  Also on Wednesday, Braman accused the Dolphins of funding “union thugs” to picket Braman’s downtown Miami car lot.

While it’s fun to watch a couple of really rich guys act like the rest of us sometimes do, the mere existence of the fight hurts Ross, since it ultimately will do nothing to make people more inclined to show up at the polls and vote for public money to be used to help any billionaire with any project.

So, for now, advantage Braman.

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31 Responses to “Ross, Braman continue South Beach billionaire battle”
  1. ccjcsr says: Mar 28, 2013 9:04 AM

    That’s why they are Billionares, They let other people pay for things.
    #commonsense

  2. thegregwitul says: Mar 28, 2013 9:11 AM

    It’s fun to watch a couple rich guys act like the rest of us sometimes do? Have you picked up a newspaper in the last one hundred years, Mike? Rich guys act like this all the time. Entitled, arrogant and full of BS? It might be easier to name a really rich guy that hasn’t acted like that at least once.

  3. thehouseofho says: Mar 28, 2013 9:15 AM

    There’s only one expletive that immediately comes to mind that would require the use of “an” preceding it. I think Armando provided enough of a clue as to what Braman called Dee.

  4. jcmeyer10 says: Mar 28, 2013 9:21 AM

    There was a funny line in a Time article that went, ‘Nobody gets more for free than the super rich’.

  5. listenupcupcake says: Mar 28, 2013 9:23 AM

    Braman is greedy, egotistical, and cheap — ask any Eagles fan. Of course, that may describe most billionaires, but Braman has all that in spades.

    If the article before the expletive is “an” (rather than “a”) then the expletive begins with a vowel (not a consonant). So what common expletives begin with the letter “a” for example? You’re welcome. :)

  6. 1historian says: Mar 28, 2013 9:23 AM

    Fins fans – you know whose money will eventually be used to do whatever to the stadium, I presume.

    Yours

    As well as the money of people down there who couldn’t care less about pro football.

  7. lostsok says: Mar 28, 2013 9:25 AM

    Steal a little and they throw you in jail…steal a lot and they make you king. (Dylan)

  8. zn0rseman says: Mar 28, 2013 9:28 AM

    The fact that the worlds richest men are trying to soak tax payers for their private stadium improvements is proof, without a shadow of a doubt, that none of the care one bit for the cities where their teams reside, and they care even less for the fans of their teams.

  9. Mike Florio says: Mar 28, 2013 9:34 AM

    @thehouseofho . . . unclef–ker?

  10. silvernblak says: Mar 28, 2013 9:41 AM

    The first principle of becoming a billionaire is what is termed, “OPM”, ( OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY.) and once they have reached billionaires status, who has ever really given back? Bill Gates, maybe? Thats how they stay billionaires is by following the second principle which is, GREED!

  11. 1historian says: Mar 28, 2013 9:48 AM

    FYI – I am (kind of) a pats fan.

    As far as I know the only stadium in the NFL which was not built with taxpayers money is the Pats’ stadium.

    The rich get richer because they’re SMARTER, as in having the taxpayers pay for their stadiums.

    No one is MAKING you buy those overpriced season tickets, no one is MAKING you buy those overpriced souvenirs, those lukewarm hot dogs, those lukewarm beers, no one is MAKING you pay $25 (more? I don’t know) for a parking place 1/2 mile from the stadium.

    Solution? (not that you asked)

    Isn’t it obvious?

    Will it ever happen?

    No

    As for me – I’ll make sure I have a sixpack handy, the grill is fired up and if I have to pee I just go outside and let ‘er rip.

    But that’s just me

  12. beachsidejames says: Mar 28, 2013 10:06 AM

    When he puts a winning team on the field the stadium will fill up regardless of if it’s nice stadium or some piece of garbage stadium. Once the team is that good other states will offer him the stadium he wants to move there. If Ross puts up more than half the money using local contractors with guaranteed superbowls going there or he pays it back like he’s saying. I’d say go for it and enjoy your new stadium. If you don’t do it and the team moves you not only have a garbage eyesore stadium but also have no team.

  13. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 28, 2013 10:07 AM

    Trump is trying to find a way into this fight.

  14. ccjcsr says: Mar 28, 2013 10:15 AM

    Cue in the Cialis commercial!

  15. Land Snark says: Mar 28, 2013 10:46 AM

    Braman was a horrible NFL owner. He only put what he had into the team to get profit from it. Never went for a winner.

    Having said that it’s great to see him stick it to Ross and make him work for his free money.

  16. floratiotime says: Mar 28, 2013 10:51 AM

    Billionaires become billionaires by taking money from the taxpayers. It’s the old fashioned way. Socialist wealth transfer from the poor and the middle class to the rich.

  17. vaphinfan says: Mar 28, 2013 10:52 AM

    They should just fist fight.

  18. annes22 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:18 AM

    Norman Braman just needs to go away. He’s a pain in the ass. No one steals more money than his car dealerships do. He had enough to say about the Marlins, somebody please “shut him up”.

  19. skleech22 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:19 AM

    Eagle fans will tell you how much of a joke Braman was as an owner!! Braman is jealous he’s not relevent anymore in the sports scene. If you live in South Florida all you have to do is look at the San Diego Stadium. That place is just as nice as the Miami area if not nicer,but their stadium is depleted and old with no renovations and NO SUPER BOWLS now! Alabama/Notre Dame National Championship here last February brought millions and millions in revenue to the area businesses of Broward and Dade counties and Super Bowls will too,if not more!It’s proven It’s the NFL!

  20. 1oldpro says: Mar 28, 2013 11:29 AM

    Maybe having to spend the last two years eating Marlin Meat, the people of Miami aren’t too keen on having to swallow raw Dolphin.

  21. phillyphan72 says: Mar 28, 2013 11:55 AM

    Braman may be right here but he was the cheapskate that let Reggie White walk…Then bailed on the franchise he ripped apart

  22. 8drinkminimum says: Mar 28, 2013 12:01 PM

    The current Dolphin stadium was built by the Robbie family in 1986 using private money only. They did do an early version of the current PSL’s on the club level based on a 10 yr lease.

    No public money was used to build the stadium.

  23. phinfan says: Mar 28, 2013 12:03 PM

    Braman is helping the locals by screwing the locals. This is taking away jobs and taking away SuperBowl Revenue. Good job Braman.. its outta your league so shut up and sit down.

  24. insanelomein2 says: Mar 28, 2013 12:11 PM

    Norman Braman could easily be top 5 worst sports team owner of all time. Just hearing his name could make an Eagles fan’s day go sour.

  25. eatitfanboy says: Mar 28, 2013 12:15 PM

    You probably shouldn’t be making proclamations about what Braman can and cannot do to effect this project.

    Braman was a vocal opponent of the new Marlins stadium and spent millions of his own money campaigning against it.

    So, um….yeah, I wouldn’t over rate his ability to change the course of things very much down there.

  26. cantonbound13 says: Mar 28, 2013 12:48 PM

    Please buy the team Brahman!!! Please!!!

  27. rosmith51 says: Mar 28, 2013 12:54 PM

    Braman is a miserable old coot who is bitter because he thought he’d maxed out his return on the Eagles (bought the team for $65M, sold for $195M 10 years later and siphoned off about $25M in salary to himself during the years he owned the team.) He honestly believed the NFL was pretty near peak value. Of course the Eagles are now worth 6 times what he sold them for, having continued the increased value trend of the NFL at pretty much the same pace it was increasing when he sold.

  28. mazblast says: Mar 28, 2013 2:02 PM

    1historian says: Mar 28, 2013 9:48 AM

    FYI – I am (kind of) a pats fan.

    As far as I know the only stadium in the NFL which was not built with taxpayers money is the Pats’ stadium.
    —————————————-
    Of course the Patriots were the only ones (roll eyes). Just like the Pats always win the Super Bowl (eight years and counting…).

    Joe Robbie built was is now called Dolphins Stadium, then called Joe Robbie Stadium, after years of getting the runaround from South Florida and Florida state officials and legislators. Every time he sought funding to get out of the miserable, decrepit, ancient Orange Bowl, there would be a long string of promises, followed by politicians with their hands out. Finally, Robbie assembled covertly purchased parcels of land straddling the Dad-Broward county line and put them together, quietly got his own financing, built the stadium, and told the politicians to stick it. The pols never forgave him.

  29. 305phinphan says: Mar 28, 2013 2:24 PM

    Im sorry but I think tax payers should contribute to a new stadium. If Miami gets the funds and can land 5 superbowls in the next 50 years the revenue from those superbowls would pay for itself plus a lot more. All local buisinesses would profit in this as well from hotels to restrants and so on. Unlike many other owners in ANY sport Mr. Ross is putting in over 50 percent of his OWN money to make this happen. I for one will be voting for a new stadium deal and I hope it goes threw.

  30. bigdingyguy says: Mar 28, 2013 2:46 PM

    As a Dolphins fan and a resident of Broward county, this community cannot afford NOT to have a 100+ million dollar cash infusion every couple of years from superbowls. Just get the deal done.

  31. jimmymarlinsfan says: Mar 28, 2013 11:05 PM

    To the Pats fan, you realize ol Krafty is trying to displace home owners in order to build Casinos right? It’s is after years of his threats to move the team to Connecticut? Krafty is as sleazy as Braman

    As for Norm, I hope he hits an 18 wheeler with one of his sports cars and we never hear from him again

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