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Dolphins bash Florida Legislature for failing to pass stadium bill

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Unlike many pro sports teams, the Dolphins were willing to let the people decide whether to increase the local hotel taxes to help fund renovations to the local football stadium — renovations that could bring multiple Super Bowls back to Miami.

But the politicians refused to let it happen, allowing the regular session to expire without acting on the bill.  Now, the Dolphins are firing back, via a statement from Jorge Arrizurieta and H.T. Smith, co-chairs of the campaign to secure public funds for the project.

“By leaving Tallahassee without letting the people of Miami-Dade vote on the modernization of Sun Life Stadium, the Florida House clearly showed our community that they would rather play politics than do the right thing,” the statement reads, via the Miami Herald.  “While the Tallahassee politicians found time to raise the contribution limits for their fundraising, they said they couldn’t find time to let the people of Miami-Dade make their voices heard.  While they pushed their political agenda, the House leaders refused to support the effort that would create over 4,000 jobs and provide a much-needed boost to our local economy.

“The House put at risk the future of Super Bowls and other major events in Miami, which are so critical to our tourism economy.  It’s a sad day when Tallahassee gives San Francisco and Houston a victory at the expense of our community.

“This inaction by the Florida House of Representatives is frankly irresponsible and regretful.  The most basic responsibility and right a citizen has is the ability to vote.  All we asked for was the opportunity to vote to not be denied.  Unfortunately, the House chose to deny Miami-Dade residents the right to have the final say on this effort.”

The easy solution would be for the governor of Florida to call an immediate special session of the Legislature, with the goal of getting this bill passed.  But that may not be enough to salvage an Italian timeline that required a public vote on May 14, before owners meet on May 21 to award Super Bowl L.

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  1. jjj1999 says: May 4, 2013 9:06 AM

    “This inaction by the Florida House of Representatives is frankly irresponsible and regretful. The most basic responsibility and right a citizen has is the ability to vote.”

    Umm this guy realizes he is in Florida right? This state suppresses voter rights more than any other.

  2. redwingfan1234 says: May 4, 2013 9:07 AM

    I guess they’ll just have to enjoy their beautiful weather, women, restaurants, ocean, beaches, homes and pools. And should they find themselves in a situation whereby they are forced to go to a local NFL match, they’ll have to endure Sun Life Stadium as it is. Man, what a tragedy.

  3. getitrightflorio says: May 4, 2013 9:08 AM

    Please move this team to LA now

  4. JMClarkent says: May 4, 2013 9:10 AM

    I honestly think that moron Jeffrey Loria really messed things up for anyone else trying to get a dime of stadium money in Miami.

    The Dolphins are an institution down there, but once you have been burnt like that…

  5. therealpittbull says: May 4, 2013 9:11 AM

    Blame your pro sports brethren for the failure. Although I believe the Dolphins are sincere in always staying in Miami and somewhat caring about the fan, the Miami citizens are a bit upset by what the Marlins pulled. Maybe Mercury Morris can do some of his annoying Dolphins 72′ talks, that can round up some cash.

  6. lennydpocketqb says: May 4, 2013 9:13 AM

    Well that was a major flub. It’s not like the NFL is going to ignore a milestone like 50.

  7. getitrightflorio says: May 4, 2013 9:14 AM

    The dolphins are not an institution in Miami there are more fans from out of the state of Florida than there are Dolphins fans. Miami is a horrible football town. This was a smart move by the state.

  8. sparky151 says: May 4, 2013 9:14 AM

    Translation: The legislature wouldn’t let us blackmail people into voting public funds to a private entity.

    The NFL can award Super Bowls to whoever it pleases. The Dolphins can still upgrade their stadium using their own funds. The stadium was paid off years ago. The owner simply chose to ask the taxpayers to foot the bill for his desired stadium upgrades. Apart from the chutzpah of that, he needed special legislation to get the election approved. He didn’t get his special interest bill and is now crying about it. I’d say that for once the system worked to block a special interest bill.

  9. therealpittbull says: May 4, 2013 9:14 AM

    San Francisco is getting the Super Bowl. Not even close. This will be to commemorate the players coming out, and the NFL overwhelming support of that community.

  10. cbass59 says: May 4, 2013 9:15 AM

    So taxpayers don’t get to decide if the can pay for a new stadium so the owner can get richer? After the Marlin’s stadium mess, Floridians woke up.

  11. watchfullhose says: May 4, 2013 9:16 AM

    Welfare for billionaires…

  12. jjb0811 says: May 4, 2013 9:22 AM

    Miami hasn’t even attempted to field a competitive team since the 90’s and yet its the tax payers fault?

    Its irresponsible for private business to demand tax money for their own business. State tax money is for the betterment of the state not for stadiums in one city.

    And as for those who suggest moving to LA, it’ll never happen. It’s the highest taxed state in the union where as Florida doesn’t have a state tax, basic economics.

  13. officialgame says: May 4, 2013 9:24 AM

    Everyone knows what a Mulligan is, in Florida its called a Lorian. The Fish will need to rethink then retry.

  14. ballboy48 says: May 4, 2013 9:30 AM

    Florida politicians are a bunch of morons! The money used to improve the stadium, would come from HOTEL TAX. That means, TOURIST would be footing the bill! Do these politicians realize how much money a regular NFL game brings in, the weekend of a game? Millions! A Super Bowl, forget it. It’s a few hundred million! Every big company gets incentives from the government. NFL owners aren’t the only ones!

  15. citizenstrange says: May 4, 2013 9:32 AM

    To whom it may concern,

    If there is any sort of line people are standing to get free money please put me at the very front of it.



  16. brutus9448 says: May 4, 2013 9:33 AM

    I still think they should at least vote. This is america. People should decide not one person.

  17. opinion157983 says: May 4, 2013 9:37 AM

    Whether you agree or disagree with the bill, it should be up to the people to decide, not slimy politicians. To not even allow the citizens of the county to vote and make the decision is disgusting.

  18. jikkle49 says: May 4, 2013 9:38 AM

    SF was probably getting the Super Bowl anyways since the Goodell and the NFL want to give new stadiums Super Bowls so they can tell cities “Hey you vote to build a new stadium we got your back by hooking you up with a Super Bowl asap.”

  19. noring4youstill says: May 4, 2013 9:40 AM

    The “Right” thing would be to fund it yourselves.

  20. mustbechris says: May 4, 2013 9:41 AM

    “Shame on you, Florida House, for voting to let people give YOU campaign money rather than voting to let people give US stadium money.”

  21. beachsidejames says: May 4, 2013 9:42 AM

    NFL to commemorate the players coming out. Thats nice. Flag football without the L in flag. Being gay is fine with me if thats who you are be it. Tired of hearing about gay people wanting to lead the parade.

  22. gibbyfan says: May 4, 2013 9:45 AM

    It’s a Republic where legislators are elected to vote on behalf of thier constituents ………NFL owners are among the wealthiest people on the planet –It’s just wrong to tax anyone to enhance their wealth and cater to their greed–It’s wrong whereever it occurs—congrats to the pols for doing the right thing–although it was probably driven by their fear of being voted out of office if they did otherwise.

  23. 6stn says: May 4, 2013 9:46 AM

    I thought-at first glance of this article-Orange Bowl Stadium? Yep. Probably needs modernizing. Then, I realized that this must be that almost brand-new Joe Robbie place. Welfare for billionaires is getting really commonplace. In St. Louis, Wal-Martian in-law Kroenke wants somebody else to foot the bill for renovations to a stadium that isn’t even twenty years old. They can all take a hike to L.A., London, Tehran, or Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for all I care. No public funds.

  24. commonsensedude says: May 4, 2013 9:47 AM

    Just about every time I hear another news headline out of Florida – from the Casey Anthony case to the Elections of 2000 and 2012 – I think about reverse secession. You know, wouldn’t it be at least a little cool if one of our weirdest states could be kicked out of the union by the other 49?

  25. grandpoopah says: May 4, 2013 9:47 AM

    Hey Dolphins ownership, pay for your own stadium upgrades, you parasites. The taxpayer owes you nothing.

  26. smokim says: May 4, 2013 9:50 AM

    If the Dolphins can get this public funding then why not the other 2 NFL teams in Florida (Bucs and Jags) too.

  27. Iknoweverything says: May 4, 2013 9:50 AM

    It’s the Dolphins. Ross is a clown who just wants to keep adding more has-been celebrities to his growing roster of “part owners” than building a championship team.
    He keeps Jeff Ireland even after getting swindled trade after trade, and puking away each draft. That says how inept the owner and front office are.

    Dolphins fans don’t count either, they show up to the first 2 games each season, realize the team sucks..again… and then returns to panhandling for the rest of the year.

  28. mustbechris says: May 4, 2013 9:52 AM

    Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention, since it seems to have been lost in all the hubbub here, that the renovation plan itself is by no means “dead” because THE DOLPHINS CAN PAY FOR IT THEMSELVES. They have a billionaire owner. A BILLIONaire owner. If they want the Super Bowl as bad as they say they do, they would pay for it themselves rather than say “oh well, taxpayers aren’t paying for it so I guess that’s done.”

    If Dolphins fans are lucky, this will spur Stephen Ross to sell the team.

  29. johnnyjagfan says: May 4, 2013 10:01 AM

    Atlanta is funding 20% of its new stadium w/ hotel-motel taxes over 30 years. Atlanta didn’t get a chance to vote. The Legislature just passed the tax.

    This should be a local matter. Why can’t the county have its own election?

  30. zaggs says: May 4, 2013 10:05 AM

    If the Giants and Jets can split a 1.6 billion dollar stadium, and Stephen Ross is worth 4.4 billion (with a B) by himself, how can the Dolphins not be able to cover 100% of the renovations?

  31. fightnamish says: May 4, 2013 10:06 AM

    seems to the right thing to do would have the billion dollar owner pay for his own upgrades. I think the city of Miami and the state of Florida have been fleeced enough by bad to mediocre sports teams

  32. ayoungandres says: May 4, 2013 10:06 AM

    They’ll never put a team in LA. If they did, they wouldn’t be able to hold it over their fans head every time they want the public to pay for their business.

  33. zaggs says: May 4, 2013 10:07 AM

    Also interesting to note that one poll on April 3oth showed that only 22% of Miami residents were in favor of the plan. So even if it were off by 100%, the Dolphins would still lose.

  34. jerrygray721 says: May 4, 2013 10:07 AM

    to me it wouldn’t matter if the people voted for it or aginst it. however it does matter to me that politicans take away the peoples right to be heard. and when you compare what the fins were willing to put into it with other stadium deals they were willing to go much further into their own pockets than other teams and would have been nothing like the sham the marlins pulled.but the law makers in fla.have infact denied the peoples right to decide. thats the kind of thing that goes way beyond football and should be a concern for all of us

  35. olhoss1884 says: May 4, 2013 10:09 AM

    As horrible as FL politicians are, they made the right call here. If the state could raise $350 million, how about putting that into schools and infrastructure? Ross needs no corporate welfare and it would be a public embarrassment to give him any. If he’s too poor to afford to own and operate the team, there are a lot more billionaires who would gladly step in and buy it from him.

  36. localtroll says: May 4, 2013 10:11 AM

    “I still think they should at least vote. This is america. People should decide not one person.”

    Ha, ha. Tell that to Al Gore! After all, this is Florida, America’s national circus…

  37. pw1265 says: May 4, 2013 10:19 AM

    Seriously??? Do we not know by now that the republicans will NEVER leave anything up to an individual. they believe they are greater than the individual!!!
    Vote the party of losers out and everyone may start getting things done again….PATHETIC they are.

  38. indytom87 says: May 4, 2013 10:25 AM

    Somewhere Joe Robbie’s family is laughing hysterically.

  39. frankdatank23 says: May 4, 2013 10:28 AM

    its always those with names’s like “iknoweverything” that are the most clueless of all.

  40. tmkelley1 says: May 4, 2013 10:31 AM

    Perhapts the legislature looked at the Dolphins and thought, “Umm, do we really need to be giving bucks to an outfit that would hire Sparano as head coach? Maybe not..”

  41. SparkyGump says: May 4, 2013 10:33 AM

    I’m tired of billionaire owners with their hands out looking for taxpeyer dollars to pay for their playhouses. The NFL is just another corporation grubbing for corporate welfare. If they want a new stadium or new toys for their existing ones, they can pay for it themselves. These’s no difference between some lazy fool who doesn’t want to work or some greedy billionaire who doesn’t want to part with some of his money with their hands out looking for taxpayers to support their lifestyles.

  42. paulymcmac says: May 4, 2013 10:40 AM

    I don’t think I have ever read so many ignorant statements in one place. A 1% hotel bed tax would have created 4,000 much needed construction jobs and about $250M in local economic impact over the next 10 years alone. Screw the billionaire, what does he know?

    At least the House found time to appropriate $50M in general funds for a baseball training facility in Palm Beach that doesn’t have a tenant.

  43. dirtydrew says: May 4, 2013 10:41 AM

    Why are the Dolphins not paying for the remodel of the stadium they built again? Time for billionaire owners to spend some of their own money.

  44. cfbfan2013 says: May 4, 2013 10:45 AM


    Don’t blame the republicans. This was a good move. Nobody said the Dolphins can’t do this on their own. They just don’t want to spend some of their billions and want us taxpayers to foot the bill. I’m glad they didn’t bring this to the citizens of Florida because the Dolphins should spend their own money. Just like in Charlotte with the Panthers. These owners need to stop whining and fork out the money themselves.

    Democrats are the party of no choice. The ONLY choice they give is a woman’s right to have an abortion. Democrats forcing the taxes on the healthcare bill down our throats and they want religion taken out of everything but yet we can’t upset the muslims, who are bombing us whenever they can, and my favorite is wanting to force me to spend my tax dollars so some college girl can screw all she wants and not have to pay for her own birth control. It’s like don’t have sex or pay for your own birth control idiot.

    Didn’t mean to rant there but this is a good thing. If you want to help that billionaire republican owner pay for upgrades that he should pay for, then why don’t you take your tax dollars and pay for it yourself?

  45. illiniftw says: May 4, 2013 10:47 AM

    Hate seeing the argument that it comes from hotel taxes so that makes it fine to go towards the stadium. They could still raise the tax, then use the money towards improving schools or something else. If they really are hellbent on using that money to improve a stadium I’m sure there are plenty of high school fields that need improving before the dolphins.

  46. jaggedmark says: May 4, 2013 10:50 AM

    Miami Marlins didn’t help matters. Completely dismantled the team 1 year after opening a new stadium. Pissed off legislators.

  47. ejmat2 says: May 4, 2013 11:00 AM

    Florida Legislature is stupid. That coming from a Miami-Dade resident. I’m not a Dolphin fan but other than the Heat, the Dolphins bring in the most revenue other than tourism. The fact is, the revenue from one superbowl, just one, would make up for the cost of the renovations. All I will say is stupid move Florida.

  48. billb49 says: May 4, 2013 11:02 AM

    This has nothing to do with how much money the owner has or whether a baseball team left the area. As usual, Republicans have demonstrated that they don’t believe people should have the right to vote for what they want to do. Today’s conservative Republicans simply do not believe in the American system. They don’t care what the people want. They don’t believe in voting rights. They don’t really believe in democracy.

  49. 6thsense79 says: May 4, 2013 11:03 AM

    The only thing worse than a capable man or woman unwilling to work crying for welfare is a billionaire crying for welfare.

  50. xpensivewinos says: May 4, 2013 11:06 AM

    There have been a lot of bad things to happen to the Miami Dolphins over the years, but nothing compares to the Stephen Ross era (error?).

    The only hope Dolphins fans have to someday turn this back into a real football organization is this clown simply gets frustrated by this outcome and decides to sell the team.

    People protesting the GM on multiple occasions, empty seats, blackouts, pre-game celebrations honoring the opposing quarterback, trying to hire a coach when you already have one, absolutely no plan whatsoever in how to build a team, every decision more pathetic than the next to cover up the previous mistake.

    And a new logo? What about a legacy and brand identity? When was the last time the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox or Chicago Cubs changed their logo? The organization is doomed as long as Droopy Dog Ross owns it.

  51. blkdmon says: May 4, 2013 11:06 AM

    If the Dolphins could FILL a stadium, they may have a better case. Yeah, let’s build a multi million dollar stadium so half the seats will be useless…lol

  52. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: May 4, 2013 11:07 AM

    Man, I guess the house wanted Tebow.

  53. thetechnocrat says: May 4, 2013 11:08 AM


    Hotel tax has nothing to do with this.
    Ross can create those jobs tomorrow if he wanted to by reaching into his own pockets, not pilfering locals and tourists’.

  54. thetooloftools says: May 4, 2013 11:10 AM

    L.A. will build you whatever you want.

  55. jason8er says: May 4, 2013 11:12 AM

    Wow, I see the clueless, “welfare of billionaires” crowd is out today. You idiots DO know that Ross is a billionaire “on paper”, and in cash right? No, why would you.

    You DO realize the Dolphins opened their books and showed they clearly don’t have the resources to do the renovations on their own, right? No, why would you.

    You ignoramuses DO know the NFL doesn’t allow teams to acquire too much debt, which Miami clearly goes over if they attempt to renovate themselves, right? No, why would you.

    “Perspective” will always bounce off stupid people.

  56. mistrezzrachael says: May 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    Do not care what you call it…Dolphin stadium is a dump…Parking lots pitiful, seating poor, and highest concession prices in NFL.

    Noone in S Fla cares about them…unless they win ,,,attendance only good when Eagles, jets, Patriots etc there…otherwise they BEG people to come there.

    Population of Florida would not have passed that…not a shot. Ross would have used it to add to his in stadium disco, well equipped w/bought/paid for bimbettes.

    Maybe Ross needs to charge extra for his halftime shows, JLo, Enrique…actually best in NFL…but no Dolphin fans show after 1st game.

    Ross has enough money…open your pockets big guy

  57. thewizardofbs says: May 4, 2013 11:21 AM

    Actually Miami doesn’t need Super Bowls. In Feb South Florida is jammed with tourists anyway, super bowl or not, so the hotels and restaurants make money anyway. The locals cannot go to the super bowl so why should they care?

    Let Ross pay for it all if he wants the super bowl so much. he just wants the roof to shade the fans for regular games and increase attendance so he can make more money.

  58. wannstache says: May 4, 2013 11:21 AM

    Corporate sleazebags vs. political sleazebags. And the fans lose. The right thing would be for Ross to pay for renovations to HIS OWN STADIUM!

  59. beachsidejames says: May 4, 2013 11:23 AM

    A one penny hotel tax paid by tourists that will create jobs in an economy thats starving for jobs. Not sure thats a bad idea. At least let the taxpayers vote on it.

  60. east96st says: May 4, 2013 11:23 AM

    “my favorite is wanting to force me to spend my tax dollars so some college girl can screw all she wants and not have to pay for her own birth control.”

    Which is infinitely cheaper than paying for her kid’s delivery, head start, public education, free meals at school, a lifetime of medical care, housing subsidies, no doubt some special ed classes, juvie hall, food stamps, his/her own teen pregnancy, and, eventually, incarceration. Do the math. Birth control will be the cheapest thing you ever pay for. Frankly, it’s a steal compared to other option.

  61. DonRSD says: May 4, 2013 11:24 AM

    Want a stadium or stadium renovations – pay for it yourself owners!

    Anyway – the renovations done to Joe Robbie wouldve only been good for 5-7 years.
    Just build a new stadium in the parking lot (like Shea/Citi Field) and call it a day.

  62. tall4myage2013 says: May 4, 2013 11:27 AM

    brutus9448 says: May 4, 2013 9:33 AM

    I still think they should at least vote. This is america. People should decide not one person.


    The problem with this idea, and the thing that has caused us to get in such a massive public spending crisis nationally, is that we allow people to vote who dont have to pay the price. So you throw it open to this “vote of the people”….but the problem is that the folks down there in God’s waiting room don’t pay taxes anymore (and many of them only live there half the year). Welfare types don’t pay taxes. Tax cheats with good attorneys don’t pay taxes, and neither do the attorneys if they are any good. So when you boil it all down, you end up with a majority of people who don’t contribute voting for things they want, to be paid for by the minority that do. Its one of the reasons we are not a democracy, but a republic. Only we’ve gotten away from the idea that the founders originally established, which was only allowing people who actually contribute to have a vote. Kind of the same reason I don’t let anyone write checks out of my bank account who doesn’t make deposits.

  63. flickaboogie says: May 4, 2013 11:36 AM

    Tampa will take the Super Bowl so they can sell out at least 1 game a year.

  64. nghtrder169 says: May 4, 2013 11:43 AM

    Since when did the NFL refuse to give Miami Superbowls? People in this country need to stop paying for Stadiums owned by BILLIONAIRES!!! The money fans pay for tickets, parking, merchandise, overpriced food & drinks at games is more than enough to supplement the teams/NFL BILLION dollar TV & ad revenue — and lets not forget the NFL’s non-profit tax standing… Where I am from they call that a G, paper gangstas or a real nice scheme lol

  65. hialeahman1 says: May 4, 2013 11:52 AM

    Very misleading by the Dolphins. The reason the legislature was involved was that they also wanted state money IN ADDITION to local, Miami-Dade county money. Fund it yourself Mr. billionaire! Joe Robbie built the stadium with his own money

  66. lance19 says: May 4, 2013 11:58 AM

    “only 22% of Miami residents were in favor of the plan. So even if it were off by 100%, the Dolphins would still lose.”
    Um…it may be time for a Stats class.

    It’s one thing to oppose public financing of stadiums…it’s something else to move to block
    voters from being heard…

  67. dolphinsrule65 says: May 4, 2013 11:59 AM

    To the clueless morons posting this AM.
    This Bill included other sports teams and NASCAR .
    This bill was also helping the Jags, NASCAR Daytona 500, and a new soccer stadium in Orlando.
    The Florida Republican controlled House and Senate voted to preserve corporate welfare for Billionaires by keeping in place the tax breaks for insurance companies and Banks in Florida instead of reducing our motor vehicle fees…
    Tampa Bays stadium is 100% funded by Hillsbourgh county taxpayers and the Bucs pay ZERO to play there, Plus keep all rev from parking n conessions. The taxpayers are paying for a new Scoreboard/video boards and sounds system this year. Why no outrage, morans?

  68. dolphinsrule65 says: May 4, 2013 12:00 PM

    The senate passed the bill,,,,the House held it up without even hearing the Bill…

  69. jimbo75025 says: May 4, 2013 12:01 PM

    jason8er says:May 4, 2013 11:12 AM

    You ignoramuses DO know the NFL doesn’t allow teams to acquire too much debt, which Miami clearly goes over if they attempt to renovate themselves, right? No, why would you.

    “Perspective” will always bounce off stupid people.
    …….and since you are so brilliant, I am sure you are aware that the stadium itself is most likely owned on paper by a completely separate legal entity than the Dolphins-for legal and a variety of other reasons. Face it, if Ross wanted to foot the bill on his own, nothing is stopping him.

  70. The Mayor says: May 4, 2013 12:06 PM

    Average people are not smart enough to vote on this type of thing. California has ballot propositions on spending, and they approved a 100 Billion dollar high speed train through the middle of nowhere.

    At least Florida politicians are smart enough to not let it get to that point.

  71. 1historian says: May 4, 2013 12:13 PM

    Economics 101 – Billionaires don’t get to be billionaires by spending their own money if they can get enough suckers to spend THEIR money for the same thing.

    And then the billionaires get all the bennies.

    Get it?

  72. billb49 says: May 4, 2013 12:18 PM

    tall4myage2013: “Its one of the reasons we are not a democracy, but a republic.”

    A pure pile of steaming bull. We have a constitutional democratic republic. It is supposed to be “by the people, for the people and of the people.” We are supposed to get a say in how things go and the way we get that is by voting. You’re just regurgitating the current conservative fascist crap. And, if the people of Florida don’t like the idea that the San Francisco Bay Area will be hosting a Super Bowl and bringing hundreds of millions of dollars in business into the area instead of them, I suggest they vote the Republican bastards out of office.

  73. dolphinatic13 says: May 4, 2013 12:23 PM

    Mark my words, after the abuse the NFL will get after this seasons Superbowl (in New Jersey) the warm weather states will be back at the head of the line for the big game consideration. The Marlins definitely made the politicians nervous when it come to these issues but I know that if Ross wants too, he can foot the bill for the renovations himself. Having Superbowl 50 in Miami would be a milestone, lets all get our heads out of our collective asses and make it happen…

  74. ejmat2 says: May 4, 2013 12:28 PM

    Miami Marlins didn’t help matters. Completely dismantled the team 1 year after opening a new stadium. Pissed off legislators.

    This is a good point and very valid. However, the Marlins are very different than the Dolphins. The Dolphins never have an issue with attendance as the Marlins do/did. To me, I like having baseball close however this was a stupid move by Florida as well. It seems they have their priorities backwards. Having a superbowl will make up for all the costs associated with the renovation. The Marlins couldn’t gaurantee as much as the Dolphins could. Renovating that stadium would have guaranteed a superbowl in Miami.

  75. officialgame says: May 4, 2013 12:35 PM

    paulymcmac says:
    May 4, 2013 10:40 AM
    I don’t think I have ever read so many ignorant statements in one place. A 1% hotel bed tax would have created 4,000 much needed construction jobs and about $250M in local economic impact over the next 10 years alone. Screw the billionaire, what does he know?

    Paul this idiot wants to know why you still can’t have a 1% Hotel Tax and use the revenue generated to improve the worst school system in the country instead of funding a billionaire’s stadium?

  76. csilojohnson says: May 4, 2013 12:45 PM

    What’s right is the ownership group to pay for renos.
    How about they put a competetive product on the field before they upgrade it.

  77. drunkenagitator says: May 4, 2013 12:52 PM

    The stadium is completely fine the way it is, as are all other football stadiums as well. They host a handful of football games a year and as long as they serve that purpose who cares? This stadium nonsense is just a scam designed to increase the value of billionaires holdings, nothing more. It’s a tiresome refrain, taxpayers have way bigger concerns than whether or not some football stadium is “modernized” enough to suit the needs of some sleazy jerk.

  78. raysfan1 says: May 4, 2013 1:53 PM

    The people of Florida did get to vote–they elected the legislature that did not pass the bill. Don’t like it? Vote ’em out next time. However, those legislators can rest pretty comfortably on the fact that the majority does not support stadium funding, at least in the current economic climate.

  79. jkulha86 says: May 4, 2013 2:01 PM

    Boohoo a billionaire couldn’t get tax payers to pay for his stadium renovation. Miami area already got screwed over by the Marlins owner.

  80. bunjy96 says: May 4, 2013 2:06 PM

    Dolfans need to take their frustration out on their owner, not Tallahassee.

    It’s his building why shouldn’t he pay for any changes?

    Just one more greedy owner trying to screw their fans

    Anyone following the ridiculous stuff being presented in Atlanta? IIRC, that building is only about 20 years old.

  81. jimbo75025 says: May 4, 2013 2:13 PM

    billb49 says:May 4, 2013 12:18 PM
    And, if the people of Florida don’t like the idea that the San Francisco Bay Area will be hosting a Super Bowl and bringing hundreds of millions of dollars in business into the area instead of them, I suggest they vote the Republican bastards out of office.
    You do realize that hosting the Super Bowl is more of a prestige thing than a money maker for the cities right? Sure the cities make some extra sales and hotel taxes (of which I assume a good % are going to pay off the stadium anyway). Subtract out the OT for cops and the money spent on roadway improvements, etc and its a break even proposition at best for the municipalities. Most of the actual $ spent themselves are going to hotel and restaurant corporations so do you think they care if they are making money in SF or Miami? Having lived through 3 SB’s in the cities I was living in at the time, the only ones making out like bandits are strippers and hookers (and the NFL of course).

  82. nflfan1326 says: May 4, 2013 2:20 PM

    @commonsensedude If there was a way, Florida would love to get of the union, or at the least break Florida into North Florida and South Florida.

  83. micknangold says: May 4, 2013 2:26 PM

    Dolphins fans don’t even care about these stories. All 6 dozen of them.

  84. ravensbob says: May 4, 2013 2:46 PM

    As a former Baltimore Colts fan, all I can say is the dolphin fans is be wary of the NFL. I lived in Hollywood fl 1967-1974. There were no more rabid fans than dolfans. I hated every year that the overrated Shula beat my colts. They sold out every game, tickets had to be willed in families, they were so hard to get. There was another town that had the same situation in the 50’s, 60’s and part of the 70’s-Baltimore. Get behind your team now. Find a way to sell tickets. If not, the same fate could be awaiting you. Roselle turned his back on Baltimore when devil irsay’s moved the team, he was so worried bout litigation with Davis moving the raiders, so he let them go. Don’t let the same thing happen to you.

  85. seaeagle707 says: May 4, 2013 3:01 PM

    Move the Fins to Havana.

  86. yankeemofo says: May 4, 2013 3:02 PM

    paulymcmac says:
    May 4, 2013 10:40 AM

    I don’t think I have ever read so many ignorant statements in one place.
    At least the House found time to appropriate $50M in general funds for a baseball training facility in Palm Beach that doesn’t have a tenant.

    So, because they wasted $50m…by your logic, they should waste even more? Rather ignorant statement yourself, pauly.

  87. gadzod says: May 4, 2013 3:12 PM

    If you care about getting a new stadium so damn bad, pay for it yourself.

  88. Robert says: May 4, 2013 3:47 PM

    1. Los Angeles Rams 2. Los Angeles Dolphins

  89. granadafan says: May 4, 2013 4:00 PM

    If the owners and their gullible supporters are sooooooo concerned about jobs, then these multibillionaire owners of billion dollar teams in a league worth tens of billions can fund it themselves. Surely, they have enough collateral to get a loan.

    The gravy train is over. This country is tired of welfare for billionaires. The tax money is better spent on infrastructure which creates jobs, schools which educate our children, research, etc. Just dont expect the public to spend our hard earned money on the lavish palaces for billionaires.

  90. 1uniquename says: May 4, 2013 4:06 PM

    Wow the Marlins really screwed the dolphins here. I’d say boycott the marlins but that has pretty much already happened, unless of course they start winning and then all the fair weather fans will return. I feel bad for all dolphins fans as we deserve this renovation and to guarantee the dolphins stay in Miami and host more super bowls. This sucks!!!

  91. scubagolfjim says: May 4, 2013 5:53 PM

    It’s funny the number of people whose comments make absolutely no sense whatsoever.

    The “taxpayers” didn’t “wisen up.” They didn’t have the opportunity to show it if they did. The state legislature denied the taxpayers the privilege of voting on the proposal at all.

    And the taxpayers would have been voting to allow taxes paid by out-of-towners (except the locals using hotels to screw around on their spouse) to allow the “billionaire (funny how that’s an insult to some of you only when they’re trying to make improvements to a great community money-making enterprise)” to make even more and better improvements to the existing stadium than he could do himself.

    The complaint is not that the hotel-tax measure wasn’t approved to be instituted. The complaint is that the community to be affected by the acceptance or disapproval of the hotel-tax measure were not allowed to decide for themselves. I guess those legislators didn’t want to possibly have to pay $5 more for their $900 a night hotel room the next time they vacation in Miami Beach. Kind of like the US Legislators that voted out the part of the “sequester” that would affect them personally, instead of rejecting the entire situation that was supposed to be so bad it wouldn’t be allowed to happen.

  92. ubepunkedagain says: May 4, 2013 6:26 PM

    Isn’t Miami Dade made up of Haitians and mostly illegals who don’t pay taxes anyway? The Dolphins should just move, if Jacksonville doesn’t. Florida doesn’t have good fans as it is, especially to support 3 NFL teams.

  93. phinfan says: May 4, 2013 6:57 PM

    Well all the south florida residents that want superbowl money… Tough sh’t Ross tried!!!

  94. censoredagain says: May 4, 2013 8:29 PM

    Why build them another stadium that the fans wont show up to? If anything, the Marlins debacle should, and likely did, take care of the vote. There are no such things as true fans of Florida based teams. A few thousand here and there just aren’t worth pandering to.

  95. msclemons67 says: May 4, 2013 8:37 PM

    If Stephen Ross wants some welfare he’ll have to do it the old fashioned way.

    Start doing crack and pop out some babies.

  96. surigaostraits says: May 4, 2013 10:26 PM

    the taxes payer don’t need to finance a private enterprise. let the Dolpins go borrow the money from a bank

  97. dolphincritic says: May 4, 2013 11:28 PM

    Lots of folks weighing in on this one. The bottom line is a simple philosophy of fiscal responsibility by state officials. They were not going to pass a law that allowed a multi-billionaire receive money from any government entity during these trying economic times. The voters are angry about the Marlin’s stadium deal and are in no mood to fund a privately owned stadium. Many of these voters are not hardcore sport fans but they do vote. Why make them angry?

    My guess is that Ross is in financial trouble as the result of loosing the Marlin’s revenue stream. Please Mr. Ross sell the team.

  98. rodericksilva says: May 5, 2013 8:24 PM

    Corporate welfare needs to stop. Miami-Dade can’t even afford to pay its own employees; Forcing them all to take furlough days and doesn’t pay them holiday pay when they work and asks for 5% of their salary towards medical expenses (plus your insurance fees)…even if you have private medical insurance…and the state took 3% for pension…fix that first.

    Let Miami clean up their house before handing Billionaires money.

    If he doesn’t like it he can leave. There will be another owner ready to start an NFL franchise I’m Miami the following day and probably do a better job at it too.

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