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Dolphins CEO leaves for baseball job

After a turbulent offseason on and off the field, the Dolphins are now looking for someone to run the place.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Dolphins CEO Mike Dee is leaving the team, announcing that he’s taking the same job with baseball’s San Diego Padres.

Dee worked for the Padres and the Red Sox before joining the Dolphins.

“It’s a chance to return to my roots,” Dee said. “This is a great opportunity to run a team and a facility. It’s a chance to sail a ship I helped construct.”

Dee ran the business side of the Dolphins organization separate from General Manager Jeff Ireland’s football authority, and they’re looking for someone to do the same. They’ve already hired an executive search firm to help with that process.

While Dee might have done some good things there, he also presided over a failed attempt to secure public funding for upgrades to Sun Life Stadium, a failure that could knock Miami out of the Super Bowl rotation until that changes.

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26 Responses to “Dolphins CEO leaves for baseball job”
  1. whatnojets says: Jul 17, 2013 12:12 PM

    I’m available to run that sinking ship!

  2. ccjcsr says: Jul 17, 2013 12:13 PM

    Must have seen the writing on the wall with this team. Jump off a sinking ship!

  3. heeeeelzfan says: Jul 17, 2013 12:16 PM

    Well, clearly this departure is a major blow to the Dolphins’ hopes of a deep playoff run.

  4. dlw492 says: Jul 17, 2013 12:25 PM

    … Let the Dolphins to California rumors begin

  5. wannstache says: Jul 17, 2013 12:33 PM

    Another sign of what a mess Ross has made of this team. Please, Ross, sell the team! You are ruining our once-proud franchise!

  6. jakescott13 says: Jul 17, 2013 12:55 PM

    No loss. Doesn’t have a great track record. Trying to get as much as he can until everyone wises up. Phins can do better.

  7. wryly1 says: Jul 17, 2013 12:55 PM

    It’s no coincidence that Dee leaves shortly after Dolphins learned they will not get $700 million in public funding for stadium upgrades.

  8. hehateme2 says: Jul 17, 2013 1:00 PM

    ccjcsr says: Jul 17, 2013 12:13 PM

    Must have seen the writing on the wall with this team. Jump off a sinking ship!

    Gotta be one of the dumbest posts I’ve seen here in a while. A surprise move but you missed the point.

  9. skleech22 says: Jul 17, 2013 1:01 PM

    Am I missing something here? Isn’t the sinking ship in New England? The fins don’t have a chain gang for a squad!’

  10. calibear831 says: Jul 17, 2013 1:02 PM

    i bet the Dolphins will take a look at former Raiders CEO Amy trask

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 17, 2013 1:03 PM

    I’ll take the job and work for free for 1 year. U of M Business School grad here Mr. Ross!

  12. classyjacklambert says: Jul 17, 2013 1:08 PM

    Must be tough for this guy, having to be a CEO of a professional sports team and moving from one beach paradise to another…

  13. blamatina says: Jul 17, 2013 1:13 PM

    And on the cool check in
    Center stage on the mic
    And we’re puttin’ it on wax
    It’s the new style
    Four and three and two and one What up!
    And when I’m on the mic – the suckers run!

  14. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 17, 2013 1:31 PM

    Mike will be missed. He was short and bald and homely, but he always had a big smile on his face.

  15. smileysmilez says: Jul 17, 2013 1:37 PM

    id give aponte the job right away she has done a tremdous job on the financial side of things just one year

  16. jrcoop says: Jul 17, 2013 1:37 PM

    “After a turbulent offseason on and off the field,”

    Excuse me? This offseason on the field has probably one of the best this organization has had since Marino was drafted.

    The stadium failure on the other hand was Dee’s responsibility, and may have led to his departure. Too bad he’s going to miss out on the new age of Dolphin dominance.

    As for a jet fan to call any other team in any sport a sinking ship is well, imbecilic.

  17. tomtravis76 says: Jul 17, 2013 1:45 PM

    He made his mark in mlb. His ideas were built around 81 home games, not 8 regular season nfl games.

    Thing is, he came into Miami, cleaned out the longtime staff , brought in his guys, now they will all follow him . Lots of resumes being updated in south Florida.

  18. beachsidejames says: Jul 17, 2013 1:59 PM

    I never liked him. With 2 weeks away from training camp to start and he quits the team makes me like him alot less.

  19. jgfromthenw says: Jul 17, 2013 1:59 PM

    “Too bad he’s going to miss out on the new age of Dolphin dominance.”

    HA! Hahaha. Stop, you’re killing me!

    Good joke.

  20. blackhawks2010 says: Jul 17, 2013 2:11 PM

    Smart move, the Fins have been in trouble since Huzienga sold them. The ownership is a joke, this team used to be one of the solid organizations in the NFL, now it’s a laughingstock.

  21. thegonz13 says: Jul 17, 2013 2:22 PM

    At least he didn’t go to the Marlins…

  22. slick50ks says: Jul 17, 2013 2:22 PM

    Someone saw the writing on the wall.

    Still no franchise QB: check

    Terrible O-line: check

    Overspend on questionable FA’s: check

    Inexperienced head coaching: check

    Horrible stadium: check

    One of, if not the worst owner in sports: check

    None of this will end well. It’s a long time since the 70’s heydays.

  23. irkjames says: Jul 17, 2013 2:38 PM

    Maybe Dawn Aponte?

    She kicked a$$ all off-season with these signings. May have over-paid in some instances, but to think she’s still $17 mil under the cap after making so many high-profile signings is highly-respectable from a business perspective.

    She’s got to be partly responsible for getting the books in order after being put into cap hell by the Bill Parcells era.

    Why not let her handle the business side?

  24. rcali says: Jul 17, 2013 3:59 PM

    So, when the customers don’t buy you a new office building, you just leave? He’ll fit in perfect with the Padres organization that finds every way possible to avoid putting a competing team in order to pocket as much money as possible.

  25. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican says: Jul 17, 2013 4:25 PM

    Maybe he’s just a bigger Anchorman fan than he is Ace Ventura.

  26. djscottyb says: Jul 19, 2013 10:25 AM

    “Dolphins Announce Aponte to replace the outgoing Dee.”
    That headline would make me happy.
    That and:
    “Dolphins land Leach to a 3 year deal”

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