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.

54 responses to “Dolphins spent $10 million on election that never happened

  1. 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!

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. $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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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

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

  10. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Dolphins spent $10 million on election that never happened

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

    BOO-yah!!

  16. 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….

  17. 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.

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    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?

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. “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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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……..

  26. 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.

  27. 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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