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Dolphins CEO “open minded” about stadium solutions

Stephen Ross, Mike Dee, Roger Goodell AP

Leaving town is always the nuclear option for NFL owners seeking a new deal.

But Dolphins CEO Mike Dee suggested the team might be willing to move just up Interstate 95 if need be.

With the bruises still showing from their political fight for public money to upgrade Sun Life Stadium, the Dolphins might be thinking Palm Beach County is a better deal, according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.

Asked directly if they’d consider moving two counties to the north from their Dade County base if a stadium was built for them there, Dee replied: “We’re open minded to all long-term solutions,” Dee responded.

“You can’t close the door on anything,” Dee said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a priority to evaluate that and march down that road at this time, by any means, but the simple fact is we have to address a long-term issue with the venue.

“All ideas – good, bad, indifferent – should be considered.”

And all leverage — good, bad, indifferent — will be applied, after the Dolphins lost their bid for a referendum for public funding.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has a home in Palm Beach, so his pledge to keep the team in town might have a broader geographic implication.

“What we said the other day was that the future of this venue is certainly uncertain,” Dee said. “At this point, there’s no Plan B that includes another venue. But down the road, who knows?”

At the moment, the Dolphins are kind of stuck. They’re not getting public money, and they’re not apparently inclined to foot the bill for the work they need themselves. That means the future of Super Bowls in South Florida appears bleak, until they find a home.

But if they find a way for another municipality in the same region to make it happen for them, they’re apparently interested.

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29 Responses to “Dolphins CEO “open minded” about stadium solutions”
  1. denverdude7 says: May 9, 2013 1:51 PM

    Pay for your own stadium improvements. That is unless you are willing to cut the taxpayers in on your profits.

    Yeah…didn’t think so. Move the team to Los Angeles and be done with it.

  2. jessieboom says: May 9, 2013 1:52 PM

    Island Stadium in Biscayne Bay. They can build an island Dubai style, or if you’re local, like the Miami Venetian islands. Underwater tunnels can feed into the stadium, and obviously instead of a just a normal parking lot, there would be boat docking. Tailgating would be like no where else in the world. Come on Ross. Come on Dee. Let’s do this.

  3. dolphinsrule65 says: May 9, 2013 1:53 PM

    Cleveland Browns (1999)
    Stadium cost: $290 million
    Percentage of public funding: 74.7%

    Pittsburgh Steelers (2001)
    Stadium cost: $357.5 million
    Percentage of public funding:78.7%

    Denver Broncos (2001)
    Cost: $365 million
    Percentage of public financing : 68.4%

    Houston Texans (2002)
    Cost: $424 million
    Percentage of public financing: 73%

    Philadelphia Eagles (2003)
    Cost: $474 million
    Percentage of public financing: 40%

    Arizona Cardinals (2007)
    Cost: $455 million
    Percentage of public financing: 67.7%

    Indianapolis Colts
    Cost: $720 million
    Percentage of public financing: 86%

    Dallas Cowboys (2009)
    Stadium cost: $1.2 billion
    Percentage of public financing: 28

  4. brianjoates says: May 9, 2013 1:54 PM

    Why not take about 500 million of the 2billion Ross just pledged to donate and do the upgrades himself. He is so concerned about leaving the world a better place, he can start now by creating those jobs.

  5. usmutts says: May 9, 2013 1:54 PM

    So Ross knowingly put his desire for taxpayer money in the hands of politicians who deal in politics in a politically charged legislature which, by definition, is political in nature, knowing that politics will be played by the politicians and now he is shocked – shocked! – that politicians played politics with his desire for free money. Well OK then.

  6. dolphinsrule65 says: May 9, 2013 1:54 PM

    Still have to add:
    Vikings
    Bills
    49ERs
    Into the chart

  7. bunjy96 says: May 9, 2013 1:56 PM

    Isn’t there a mileage limit between teams? Jacksonville is to the north and Tampa to the Northwest.

  8. denverdude7 says: May 9, 2013 2:05 PM

    dolphinsrule65 says:
    May 9, 2013 1:53 PM
    Cleveland Browns (1999)
    Stadium cost: $290 million
    Percentage of public funding: 74.7%

    Pittsburgh Steelers (2001)
    Stadium cost: $357.5 million
    Percentage of public funding:78.7%

    Denver Broncos (2001)
    Cost: $365 million
    Percentage of public financing : 68.4%

    Houston Texans (2002)
    Cost: $424 million
    Percentage of public financing: 73%

    Philadelphia Eagles (2003)
    Cost: $474 million
    Percentage of public financing: 40%

    Arizona Cardinals (2007)
    Cost: $455 million
    Percentage of public financing: 67.7%

    Indianapolis Colts
    Cost: $720 million
    Percentage of public financing: 86%

    Dallas Cowboys (2009)
    Stadium cost: $1.2 billion
    Percentage of public financing: 28

    ————————————————-
    PERCENT OF PUBLIC FINANCING THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN USED: 0.0%

  9. dolphinsrule65 says: May 9, 2013 2:06 PM

    Raymond James Stadium was built to replace Tampa Stadium at the DEMAND of new Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer. It is located adjacent to the site of the old stadium on the former location of Al Lopez Field, a minor league baseball stadium that had been demolished in 1989. Once completed, the final cost of the new stadium was $168.5 million, with the entire cost publicly financed 100%.

  10. conseannery says: May 9, 2013 2:08 PM

    bunjy96 says:
    May 9, 2013 1:56 PM
    Isn’t there a mileage limit between teams? Jacksonville is to the north and Tampa to the Northwest.

    Giants and Jets?

  11. phinfan says: May 9, 2013 2:10 PM

    Will this avoid the $4million annual property tax?

    ps. I doubt UM will play there

  12. rhamrhoddy says: May 9, 2013 2:11 PM

    “What we said the other day was that the future of this venue is certainly uncertain”

    —————-

    When you need to restate or reword a simple point/statement because your original language was so carefully crafted that not everyone understood what you meant, I automatically suspect that some loopholes are involved, fair or not.

  13. whatnojets says: May 9, 2013 2:12 PM

    bunjy96 says:
    May 9, 2013 1:56 PM
    Isn’t there a mileage limit between teams? Jacksonville is to the north and Tampa to the Northwest.
    —————————————————–

    Duh…..!!! The Jets and The Giants SHARE a stadium! So much for your mileage limit question!

  14. nflgreedleague says: May 9, 2013 2:15 PM

    And what would Ross do with Dolphin Stadium?
    He owns it and I’m guessing it would be harder to sell without Roger Goodell style state of the art upgrades nor a tenet like a professional sports team.

    EEHH! Try again

  15. donphin99 says: May 9, 2013 2:34 PM

    A move to Palm Beach would require a name change…

    “Palm Beach Dolphins”?
    “Palm Beach Socialites”?
    “Palm Beach Waltzers” ?
    No…
    “Palm Beach Fat Cats”! That’s it!

  16. baselman1974 says: May 9, 2013 2:39 PM

    I don’t why the public has to pay any portion of privately owned stadiums that doesn’t provide any returns on the investment. Not only do NFL owners get a portion of the stadium upgrades and newly buitl stadiums from taxpayers, but they also get tax subsidies, sales tax breaks, etc.

    The only cities that have leverage are Chicago and Green Bay. Obviously the city of Green Bay owns stadium and team. Chicago owns the stadium. At least both can get some returns in the stadium like college and high school football games, concerts, soccer games.

  17. deadmullet says: May 9, 2013 2:58 PM

    “And what would Ross do with Dolphin Stadium?
    He owns it and I’m guessing it would be harder to sell without Roger Goodell style state of the art upgrades nor a tenet like a professional sports team.

    EEHH! Try again”
    ____________________________________

    continue to rent it out too UM and concerts?

    only thing he would be losing out on is concession / parking sales from the games, which he will make in the new stadium.

  18. brkelley70 says: May 9, 2013 3:05 PM

    Since they are being open minded, I think Ross and Dee should create a Renovation Fund that would allow Dolphin fans to donate. No need for politics or a vote. Dolphin fans that want to contribute to their team can and the fans who didn’t want to pay taxes do not need to contribute. Thus, giving those people nothing to bitch about. I and my 3 brothers would have no problem donating a $100 each ($400 total) to a fund that would go towards the renovation of Dolphins stadium and we live in the St. Louis area. We do, however, have made the trip to Miami to catch a game…..just an idea.

  19. laxcoach37 says: May 9, 2013 3:33 PM

    @brkelley70

    I love my Dolphins for over 40 years, but seriously, Donate Cash??!! I think by buying Tickets, Hats, T-Shirts, Dog Collars (yeah, really), tons of memorabelia, etc…. I already Donate!

  20. cliverush says: May 9, 2013 3:33 PM

    What is the major problem with the existing stadium? If Mr. Ross wants improvements he should fork up the dough himself. Does the league require a Taj for the rich and famous. Patriots play in a privately owned stadium out in small town and they make it work. The weather prevents them from operating for several months which would not be a problem in Miami.

  21. pantsfreezone says: May 9, 2013 3:37 PM

    Why do people keep saying public funds are welfare? The politicians are using that money to throw campaign parties and fund research into which brand of toothpick is the best. The money paid in taxes IS ALL WASTED. Why not let a hotel tax pay for the 30% Ross isn’t willing to cover with promises to setup repayment and the possibility of Super Bowls?

    And not letting the public vote on something is worse than asking for public funds in the first place.

  22. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says: May 9, 2013 4:07 PM

    How much money does that stadium bring to the city of Miami? Having the Super Bowl there every four years is very good for the businesses down there. I’m sure if it were up to the hospitality industry, they would have voted Yes.

  23. nickster31 says: May 9, 2013 4:11 PM

    For starters, the Dolphins SHOULD be furious, ESPECIALLY after a new stadium was built for the Marlins. One that cost over $500 million to the city and state.

    The Dolphins NEED an improvement, especially since their stadium is now one of the oldest in the NFL, and it is due.

    I am not saying the money should have been handed to the Fins without the fans having the chance to vote on it, but the fans SHOULD HAVE had the chance to vote on it, and made the decision.

    By the way, the money that would have been raised would have been on a hotel tax, and if you think about it, most of that money would have been spent by tourists.

  24. rcali says: May 9, 2013 5:00 PM

    Can’t keep taxing the tourists, they’ll go somewhere else.

    In other news, Congrats Green Bay and Kansas City…you now have a chance to have your Super Bowl while Goodell blackmails southern cities!

  25. DonRSD says: May 9, 2013 5:42 PM

    As long as they dont come to Broward, I could care less.

    Im not paying 1 cent for anything to do with that crummy franchise.

    They are now thinking about moving to WPB means they will leave town within 5 years.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  26. mazblast says: May 9, 2013 5:54 PM

    bunjy96 says: May 9, 2013 1:56 PM

    Isn’t there a mileage limit between teams? Jacksonville is to the north and Tampa to the Northwest.
    ——————————-
    Wow, you really don’t know much about Florida geography, do you? It’s a LONG drive from Miami to either of those cities, much longer than (for instance)–

    New York-New England
    New York-Philly
    Philly-Baltimore
    Baltimore-Washington
    Buffalo-Cleveland
    Cleveland-Pittsburgh
    Cincinnati-Indianapolis
    Detroit-Cleveland
    Chicago-Green Bay
    San Francisco-Oakland

    and of course

    New York-New York

  27. rajbais says: May 9, 2013 5:57 PM

    One funny sounding solution: move the team to Pahokee.

  28. mistrezzrachael says: May 9, 2013 6:50 PM

    Where would they ever go in Palm Beach county ??? North of Jupiter ????

    Actually…right in middle of Everglades, west of Miami would work…land cheap there..plenty of room for parking…unlike the dump they’re in now.

    Give Ross a new stadium, and hotdogs will be $25 each…as Dolphin stadium highest prices in NFL..Ross all about greed.

  29. thewizardofbs says: May 9, 2013 7:39 PM

    Ha! Ross got out played by a politician, just like he got out played by the 49ers (coach) and the Rams (coach) and the broncos (QB). Ross needs to step up his game, forget about it, quit complaining and move on.

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