Bucs-Dolphins will not play in Miami on Sunday; NFL still deciding where and when

AP

The NFL announced that the Dolphins will not host the Buccaneers on Sunday as originally scheduled, but the league has not determined when or where the teams will play the game.

This is the NFL’s statement:

“Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Irma on South Florida, the Miami Dolphins home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, originally scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Hard Rock Stadium, will not be played in Miami on Sunday, the NFL announced today.

“In the interest of public safety in light of the current state of emergency, the NFL, in consultation with state and local officials as well as both clubs, has decided that playing an NFL game in South Florida this week is not appropriate.

“The league will continue to examine other options, including playing the game this Sunday at a neutral site or in Miami later this season, and will provide an update on that decision as soon as possible.”

Both teams have a bye in Week 11, which is a possibility.

67 responses to “Bucs-Dolphins will not play in Miami on Sunday; NFL still deciding where and when

  1. No Hurricane will hit Miami. I ma basing it on the George Costanza theory – every decision Goodell has ever made in his life is exactly the opposite of the right one. So, Miami will be missing the hurricane, absolutely.

  2. Tough choice for the Dolphins. 6 games in Miami and keep the bye in week 11 or 7 games in Miami and take the bye in week 1.

    Thoughts and prayers for those in the path of the storm.

  3. The big question is where this leaves Jay Ajai owners. I was counting on a big game out of my belly cow this weekend.

  4. Playing it in week 11 and giving both teams a week 1 bye really screws both teams pretty badly, particularly Miami with their trip to London mid-season. Playing it either at a neutral site, or moving it up to Thursday so people have plenty of time to evacuate seems much more fair to both the teams.

  5. Miami will now have 6 home games and 10 road games this season. This along with all of the injuries to starters last season and beginning of this season, things could not have been more difficult for Gase to start his head coaching career. He’s handled it well, though.

  6. Play it somewhere neutral, if your favorite team lost their bye week you wouldn’t be happy. Hundreds of stadiums in this country, no reason to complicate

  7. ‘In the interest of public safety in light of the current state of emergency, the NFL, in consultation with state and local officials as well as both clubs, has decided that playing an NFL game in South Florida this week is not appropriate.’

    … but we’re not willing to sacrafice the revenue from the game, so we’re going to inconvenience the players and team staff and make them play elsewhere while a hurricane destroys their homes and displaces their families.

  8. Moving the game to week 11 really puts both teams at a huge disadvantage. Asking a team to play 16 weeks straight is unfair. This puts players at a higher risk of injury and it gives the teams less time for players who are already injured to heal up.

  9. They will reschedule it for Thursday night so Goodell will be able to say that he needed to be there to show support for the people of Florida, thus avoiding the 70K Goodell clown towels at Gillette.

  10. I know other people besides myself have said this, but in the NFLs search for more revenue and the players wanting more safety, I’ve always thought that extending the season by a week and adding a second bye week makes a ton of sense… Not saying it would save these teams in this case, but it might have, had they had a second bye week.

  11. Why not Thursday night? If they lose there bye week, Miami and Tampa should be giving the first 2 picks ( bonus ) in 2018 draft, with the loser of there game getting the first pick. If any team bitches, then take away there bye week. bill

  12. “dsigrey says:
    September 5, 2017 at 4:59 pm
    They will reschedule it for Thursday night so Goodell will be able to say that he needed to be there to show support for the people of Florida, thus avoiding the 70K Goodell clown towels at Gillette.”

    Is that anyway to treat your franchise MVP?

  13. Better to play the game on a neutral site. Carolina or New Orleans. Both look to be available Sunday or Mon Night.

    Taking away the bye week of both teams would be a killer.

    They would still sell some tickets, I am sure.

    Losing the bye is worse than losing the home field advantage.

  14. Why not Thursday night? Because the mayor of Miami is already ordering some evacuations, and plans to do mandatory evacs for all of Miami-Dade County beginning Wednesday sometime.

  15. finsphan says:
    September 5, 2017 at 4:55 pm
    Moving the game to week 11 really puts both teams at a huge disadvantage. Asking a team to play 16 weeks straight is unfair. This puts players at a higher risk of injury and it gives the teams less time for players who are already injured to heal up.

    ———-
    I agree… There is no other way reschedule without disrupting something majorly at the end of the season. The best thing to do is play at a neutral site. Carolina or New Orleans. U2 is playing in Indy.

  16. 50 years ago Patriots had to play the Chargers in San Diego for a second time in 29 days due the 1967 World Series. Though that baseball game wasn’t played in Boston till 3 days aft the football game was scheduled for Boston October 8, powers that be decided to play @ San Diego again instead of @Boston. Don’t recall the rationale (turnaround time/field prep issues?) No perfect solution 2017 limitations considered, perhaps Miami playing the game in Tampa Bay or at a neutral field somewhere another best attempt make wine out of water.)

  17. Get them to play in Atlanta. That way, falcons fans can turn out in support of Miami and it will feel more like a Miami home game (since we would want Miami to win over Tampa).

  18. After the NFL forced the Saints to play a “home” game against the Giants at Giants Stadium after Katrina, they aren’t likely to make that mistake again.

    Say goodbye to your bye weeks, TB and Miami. Act of God. Deal with it.

  19. Kerouac says:
    September 5, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    50 years ago Patriots had to play the Chargers in San Diego for a second time in 29 days due the 1967 World Series. Though that baseball game wasn’t played in Boston till 3 days aft the football game was scheduled for Boston October 8, powers that be decided to play @ San Diego again instead of @Boston. Don’t recall the rationale (turnaround time/field prep issues?) No perfect solution 2017 limitations considered, perhaps Miami playing the game in Tampa Bay or at a neutral field somewhere another best attempt make wine out of water.)
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    Didn’t the Patriots have a “home opener” in Alabama against Joe Namath and the Jets because of a scheduling conflict with the Red Sox and Fenway Park?

  20. Seems like a Thursday night game is really the only viable option. It’d be ridiculous to give bye weeks in Week 1 and a neutral site would have as many (if not more) issues as moving it up to Thursday.

  21. Saints are up north this week.

    Move it to NO- theres enough hotel rooms and a dome in case the weather still sucks.

    Decide now tho- people need time to book and change plans

  22. September 5, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    eddievortex says:

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    Didn’t the Patriots have a “home opener” in Alabama against Joe Namath and the Jets because of a scheduling conflict with the Red Sox and Fenway Park?
    _________________________________________________________________

    No, not in 1967 – but they did have what you reference in the Jets 1968 World Championship season. Of note, 1967 Patriots actually had their ‘bye week’ after their September 24 game that year, i.e., on October 1, but the Chargers played that day so the two teams could not have played that week any way (Chargers bye did not occur until post game 9, that season.)

  23. jrquiz says:
    September 5, 2017 at 4:44 pm
    The big question is where this leaves Jay Ajai owners. I was counting on a big game out of my belly cow this weekend.
    ——————–

    First off as one of the millions of people that may be displaced by Irma let me say words fail me in my effort to express my concern over the non existent football team that has consumed your humanity. Secondly the phrase is bell cow not belly cow.

  24. My guess is, that the game wasn’t moved up to Thursday or Friday, because of possible evacuation of Florida Keys, tourists are already ordered to leave, and the rest of the population might follow. To add the traffic and police resources, when the roads are already jammed, wouldn’t be responsible, NFL has no other choice at this point than not playing in south Florida.

  25. Why not move the game to a college stadium out of the danger area? There are a bunch of them in FL, GA, AL, MS that could handle them just fine in regards to facility quality and media preparedness.

  26. finzfan49 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 4:42 pm
    Why not Thursday night?
    =====================================

    Because people should be evacuating at that time. Why wait until it hits Florida to evacuate?

  27. Imagine if they got creative and played it in a city like Albuquerque, that would absolutely goes nuts for a regular season game there. Nah, let’s put it in a half-empty joint in a place that yawns.

  28. It will not be played Thursday in Miami period. The governor declared a state of emergency for every county in Florida. That being said it is mandatory 12 hours shift for law enforcement. Also, all 7000 reserves have been called to duty. That being said, who cares about a football game when a monster storm is heading this way.

  29. crush22 says:

    September 5, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    If the okay on their week 11 bye week they will just move their bye week. They won’t lose anything.

    ____________

    What? If they have to play week 11 then how will they just move their bye week when both teams when then have a game ever week?

  30. Adam Schefter is reporting that the game will likely be played during both of the teams’ bye week. This storm could be the worst ever recorded and it may turn upward and tear through the whole state of Florida.

  31. Move the game to Thursday & play it at the University of Florida. It should be far enough away to avoid the south Florida evacuations.

    It will not be good for my Fins to lose their bye in week #11.

    Wishing everyone in the area of the storm safety!

  32. NFL is once again not prepared, this should be a contingency already established. Regionally and indoors are key, there are several options. Main focus is getting game played. Chicago is a marketing dream for J Cut. Offer tickets with a contrib to Red Cross as they are gonna need it after Irma ala Houston.

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