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Dolphins spent $10 million on election that never happened

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The Dolphins, in the end, threw good money after no money.

In an effort to procure partial public funding for upgrades to Sun Life Stadium, the Dolphins and owner Stephen Ross plunked down $10 million over a six-week period, according to Patricia Mazzei of the Miami Herald.

The total number could be higher; the reported amount comes only from reported expenditures associated with the effort to finagle a public vote.

The Dolphins made a non-refundable $4.8 million payment to Miami-Dade County to cover the costs of an election that would have happened on May 14.  The election was blocked by the failure of Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford to act on a bill that would have authorized the election.

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54 Responses to “Dolphins spent $10 million on election that never happened”
  1. titusyoungslegalcounsel says: May 14, 2013 2:55 PM

    The Miami Dolphins- giving money away and not selling tickets one day at a time.

  2. ravensgrl says: May 14, 2013 2:55 PM

    Why didn’t he just spend the $10M on stadium upgrades??? smh

  3. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: May 14, 2013 2:56 PM

    Hence Goddell’s remarks on him “hoping the Dolphins stay in Miami.” $10 million isn’t chump change.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: May 14, 2013 2:57 PM

    I’d like to see the Internal Rate or Return Report on that investment.

  5. SeenThisB4 says: May 14, 2013 2:58 PM

    If I’m reading that right, then for the first time in my lifetime, the taxpayers got over on an NFL franchise owners! LOL! Good for you City of Miami and Florida!

  6. leftyman says: May 14, 2013 2:58 PM

    Someone should have told Stephan Ross and the Dolphins that this is America and you cant buy an election.

  7. hatasgonnahate says: May 14, 2013 2:59 PM

    Hmm they paid 10 million but weren’t promised the bill would at least see the election floor.. Right.

  8. hatasgonnahate says: May 14, 2013 3:00 PM

    Thats all the dolphins have been doing this off-season anyway. Throwing money at the problem.

  9. joemontanawasthegreatest says: May 14, 2013 3:01 PM

    Corrupt politicians in South Florida? I don’t believe that for a second.

  10. The Prophet says: May 14, 2013 3:03 PM

    That’s what you get when your team is owned by J-Lo and Will Smith or whatever other dumb celebrties you have.

  11. ambitoos says: May 14, 2013 3:05 PM

    Miami doesn’t deserve a football franchise. Move that team to a city that wants a team. Like San Antonio.

  12. hatesycophants says: May 14, 2013 3:06 PM

    This is stunningly ignorant.

  13. thesteelers says: May 14, 2013 3:08 PM

    LOL

  14. rc33 says: May 14, 2013 3:08 PM

    Damn.
    Shoulda put it on Orb instead.

  15. rlj2170 says: May 14, 2013 3:13 PM

    Why didnt they just add it to thee new stadium?

  16. phinfan says: May 14, 2013 3:14 PM

    *ching ching*

    “Thank you for your business Stephen, Come again”

    – Will Weatherford

  17. riverhorsey says: May 14, 2013 3:15 PM

    Don’t be surprised if they find Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford sleeping with the fishes. Losing 10 mil has to be a tough pill to swallow even for Ross.

  18. twyger says: May 14, 2013 3:19 PM

    I’m more than sure the Dolphins new host city will make up this loss x400, with tax breaks and a billion dollar + stadium… while citizens of Miami and Florida can go sit in the 100% taxpayer funded basketball, baseball, and hockey arenas – and slap each other on the back about how they put one over on the NFL.

    Meanwhile Florida politicians will launch plans for a 100% taxpayer funded stadium costing 2+ billion dollars that the University of Miami can play 6 games a year in, in order to get on the NFL’s expansion list or possibly lure some other existing franchise away from it’s current location… maybe… at some date in the future… with MORE huge tax breaks.

    Good for you City of Miami and Florida! lol

  19. heyguru1969 says: May 14, 2013 3:20 PM

    $10,000,000 isn’t what it used to be. That’s dinner, drinks and a limo on South Beach these days, but for an extra $75, they’ll throw in a Chad Johnson ride-along as combination eye candy and party clown.

  20. jams56 says: May 14, 2013 3:24 PM

    And the day after the season ends you can wright an article on how they spent all this money in the offseason just to miss the playoffs.

  21. kingknute says: May 14, 2013 3:29 PM

    I hate when I try to buy an election and then the election never takes place.

  22. bahoto34 says: May 14, 2013 3:35 PM

    Ouuuuuch

  23. hearsaystaff says: May 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    “Suckers!” – Jeffrey Loria

  24. vltrophy14 says: May 14, 2013 3:41 PM

    Hey Ross next u want to throw some money away throw it my way I promise I’ll get better use out of it than u did.

  25. omegalh says: May 14, 2013 3:42 PM

    They probably spent 10mill for 5mill in upgrades. USA!

  26. mmsierra says: May 14, 2013 3:44 PM

    I read somewhere that Stephan Ross is worth $4.4 BILLION !!!
    That’s BILLION with a B !!
    FIX IT YOURSELF, Stevey !!
    Use your pocket change

    No wonder Jim Harbaugh decided to coach the 49ers and NOT the Dolphins

  27. istateyourname says: May 14, 2013 3:49 PM

    Hey, you got to spend money to make no money…wait…something’s wrong there…

  28. ultimatesaintsfan says: May 14, 2013 3:50 PM

    I’m curious Florio, if in Florida, that whether a verbal agreement is binding? If it is Weatherford could be in for some serious legal issues.

  29. blackbug99 says: May 14, 2013 4:06 PM

    Maybe they can Kickstarter a new stadium!

  30. tpa43 says: May 14, 2013 4:08 PM

    Just shows how much cash he has to blow and doesn’t need tax payers to give him a hand out!

  31. somekat says: May 14, 2013 4:15 PM

    When you try to buy an election, sometimes it doesn’t work out

    Ross Perot didn’t get a refund either

  32. krank00 says: May 14, 2013 4:15 PM

    That $10,000,000 crawfish move very well may end up being a capital offense for someone.

  33. somekat says: May 14, 2013 4:18 PM

    ultimatesaintsfan says:May 14, 2013 3:50 PM

    I’m curious Florio, if in Florida, that whether a verbal agreement is binding? If it is Weatherford could be in for some serious legal issues.

    _____________________________

    Almost never, just like in every other state. Which is why nobody that knows anything about the law accepts verbal agreements

  34. ruggyup says: May 14, 2013 4:20 PM

    Sorta kinda almost like spending first round draft money on a QB that doesn’t work out. What the hey, that’s not even celebrity money for Ross.

  35. mhalt99 says: May 14, 2013 4:25 PM

    twyger says

    dude, there is nowhere for them to go….the emperor has no clothes. LA is a total wasteland for an nfl team. some crazy percentage of SC and UCLA grads stay in LA and spend their money on saturday games. plus the city is very transient so you have people with built in teams that they are not going to change. oh and there is no way they are spending a billion dollars on a stadium….if anything the money would go to tax incentives for local production.

    the nfl is out of domestic cities. the only real place for them to move to would be toronto unless enough wealth is created from the natural gas boom and north dakota becomes a mini houston flush with tons of money to waste.

    if a team leaves a city like miami or minnesota they will be begging to put a team back in that location the next time expansion talk heats up.

  36. deltaoracle says: May 14, 2013 4:26 PM

    People like Ross and Jerry Jones prove that you can make tons of money and still be as dumb as a bag of hammers about some stuff.

  37. hehateme2 says: May 14, 2013 4:35 PM

    SeenThisB4 says: May 14, 2013 2:58 PM

    If I’m reading that right, then for the first time in my lifetime, the taxpayers got over on an NFL franchise owners! LOL! Good for you City of Miami and Florida!

    Yet another ignorant statement. the “taxpayers” were not going to pay 1 cent. The City of Miami and Florida just shot themselves in the foot… lost money yet again.

  38. rhamrhoddy says: May 14, 2013 4:37 PM

    Dolphins spent $10 million on election that never happened

    ————————-

    That’s nothing, the Jets spent WAY more than that on a franchise QUARTERBACK that never happened.

    BOO-yah!!

  39. hehateme2 says: May 14, 2013 4:38 PM

    I read somewhere that Stephan Ross is worth $4.4 BILLION !!!
    That’s BILLION with a B !!

    Whew…. the NFL doesn’t want the owners to foot the entire bill themselves. They want the community/State to get involved.

    Where do you people get your information? Thought so….

  40. qwerty007qwerty007 says: May 14, 2013 4:50 PM

    In an effort to procure partial public funding for upgrades to Sun Life Stadium, the Dolphins and owner Stephen Ross plunked down $10 million over a six-week period, according to Patricia Mazzei of the Miami Herald.

    ————————————

    Everyone here seems to be touting how happy they are that the city/state got money from the NFL.

    Is no one here the least bit concerned that once again someone tried to buy an election? Or is it just so commonplace nowadays that it is to be expected?

    Is this even legal?

  41. pantsfreezone says: May 14, 2013 4:57 PM

    I’m not sure people realize Stephen Ross probably has $10 million hanging around in his couch cushions.

    I doubt a billionaire really worries much about a million here and a million there. And he wasn’t trying to buy an election, he was trying to help fund an election.

    Holy cow, some of the commenters here are either failing at comprehension or huffing glue.

  42. mistrezzrachael says: May 14, 2013 5:06 PM

    Bill had less than ZERO shot of passing. People in South Florida not only do not care….90% of them cannot read or understand English, unless it’s payday.

    Besides…Ross did some ” UPGRADES”..A FEW YEARS BACK…He put in a disco…Yes sir, it added maybe 20 people.

  43. pacopicopiedra says: May 14, 2013 5:07 PM

    “Finagle.” You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    There is nothing “dubious or deceptive” about letting the public vote on a referendum.

  44. promickey says: May 14, 2013 5:09 PM

    The Dolphins made a non-refundable $4.8 million payment to Miami-Dade County to cover the costs of an election that never happened!

    Wow! the power of politics. I guess Will Weatherford is not a Miami Dolphins fan.

  45. granadafan says: May 14, 2013 5:11 PM

    This epitomizes the arrogance the uber wealthy like multibillionare’s have when dealing with the peasants. They think the public and taxpayers exist to serve them and build their lavish palaces. The Noblemen/senators are at their beck and call after throwing a bit of pocket change at them.

    No more. We will not just eat cake. The peasants are rightfully revolting against the arrogance and greed of the multibillionaire owners of billion dollar teams in the NFL which, alone, is worth tens of billions of dollars.

  46. jc327 says: May 14, 2013 5:28 PM

    Many of you are woefully ignorant of what went on here. The Dolphins organization and the people of Miami-Dade were fleeced by a corrupt politician.

    But I guess if you’re not a Dolphins fan, the truth doesn’t matter and it’s alot more fun to just say random $#!t about the Dolphins anyway.

  47. thetooloftools says: May 14, 2013 6:12 PM

    I wonder if Karl Rove consulted on this. He blew hundreds of millions and accomplished NOTHING trying to get a money pimp elected.

  48. slickster35 says: May 14, 2013 7:03 PM

    If it wasn’t for the raiders the fins would be the worst run franchise in sports.

  49. Ram says: May 14, 2013 7:26 PM

    Maybe there is more to this. The movie “Brewster’s Millions” comes to mind. Just like the movie, maybe they, the Dolphins, had to spend 10 million dollars in order to receive 300 million dollars. They just can’t say anything about it. Just another conspiracy theory……..

  50. jbaxt says: May 14, 2013 9:01 PM

    For 10 million they could have a LT and a chance to break .500. Typical Dolphlubs.

  51. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 14, 2013 9:05 PM

    They call them “Flor-idiots” for a reason.

  52. lostsok says: May 14, 2013 10:41 PM

    Ross: blames Obama…gets screwed by a Republican.

    Welcome to America in 2013.

  53. revskip says: May 14, 2013 11:13 PM

    Probably should have spent that $10 million on renovations rather than his thinly veiled attempt at welfare for billionaires.

    Stephen Ross is a free market Republican up until the point when he is the one who has to put up the money. Then he suddenly has no interest in the free market.

  54. xpensivewinos says: May 15, 2013 12:44 AM

    I think it’s hysterical that whether it’s a football-related decision or a business-related decision, Ross/Ireland/Dee always find a way to sh** all over themselves.

    Just by accident you would think they would get lucky every once in awhile. Nope, these schmucks are losers always at the top of their game!

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