When the NFL says “I’m gonna turn this car around and go home,” they apparently mean it.
South Florida hasn’t hosted a Super Bowl since 2010, and the drought will last at least eight years. On Tuesday, Miami lost in not one but two attempts to bring Super Bowl L and Super Bowl LI back to Sun Life Stadium.
Losing Super Bowl L to San Franciscoclara was expected. The head-to-head contest with Houston was regarded as a tougher call, since Miami provides a better overall experience in the days leading up to the game.
But the NFL sent a message that the Super Bowl won’t return to Florida without an upgraded stadium. To give that threat/promise teeth, owners had to follow through on it. And they did.
The failure of the bids gives owner Stephen Ross ammunition to continue to try to shake public money out of the taxpayer pockets in order to renovate the stadium. The politicians and, ultimately, the people will have to decide whether getting another Super Bowl justifies partially paying for the project.