Stephen Ross asked NFL about moving London game back, they said no

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No one really expected that the NFL might move Miami’s “home game” in London against the Saints back home to make up for the Dolphins’ weather-related hardship.

But owner Stephen Ross at least had to ask.

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Ross’s request was quickly rejected.

I asked,” Ross said via email. “It will be played in London.”

Of course, the suggestion always seemed like the kind of thing that made sense but had no chance, but Ross deserves credit for asking, since his team is in the midst of an incredible journey because of Hurricane Irma.

Their opener against the Buccaneers was postponed to their Week 11 bye. The Dolphins headed to Los Angeles in stages beginning Friday, and will practice there prior to next Sunday’s game against the Chargers. If their facility isn’t usable the following week, they’ve made plans to practice in West Virginia before their game at the Jets in Week Three. They’re planning on going back to Miami after that one before flying to London for the Oct. 1 game against the Saints.

They finally play in Hard Rock Stadium Oct. 8.

And while their lack of a bye week and just seven home games in Florida seems unfair, well, that’s also how life is sometimes.

26 responses to “Stephen Ross asked NFL about moving London game back, they said no

  1. NFL… Not Fair League !!! Its ridiculous that the league will not make exceptions for situations like this. If they can do a “flex” game for the benefit of the money for the NFL they can surely make adjustments for this. Perhaps even move the London game later in the season so the players can get caught up and check on their homes and families.
    Ross should of never agreed to send them to London in the first place. But i guess if you want to host a super bowl you have to play by their rules!!

  2. Kind of a raw deal for a team dealing with a lot against it in the first place… But I hope some of these entitled grown kids in America see that sometimes things happen that aren’t fair. Sometimes the best you can do is just keep pushing. Nothing worth having comes easy, including a good season in the NFL.

  3. Unfortunate for them, but sometimes something like this can galvanize a team and just might be a blessing in disguise.

  4. Have to keep all those NFL fans in London happy I guess. This is totally unfair to all the great fans in South Florida. In addition a sense of compassion might help Mr. Goodell. This is one more reason to despise the management team that runs the NFL.

  5. Let’s not forget the folks going to the London game bought tickets, too. And some might have spent money to travel in, book a hotel, etc. It’s easy to say “move the game” but lots of folks are affected all around.

  6. ***Let’s not forget the folks going to the London game bought tickets, too. And some might have spent money to travel in, book a hotel, etc. It’s easy to say “move the game” but lots of folks are affected all around.***

    Hotel rooms can be cancelled and money refunded. Priority should go to the fans who buy seasons tickets.

  7. “It’s OK. It’s the Dolphins. Let me double check to be sure all patriot opponents have a disadvantage before they play either with number of rest days or long trip before playing the patriots.”

    NFL scheduling committee

  8. People are starting to realize that the NFL cares about 4-5 franchises and the rest can GFThemselves. If you don’t have a top 6 QB in the NFL then you may as well not even play out the season. We all know what 3-4 teams are going to be in the playoffs with a chance for the ring. IF you aren’t one of those 3-4 teams then just stay home. It’s a joke based on how they’ve altered the game. Think about it this way: if you’re born in 1980 there’s like a 90% chance your team has never been the best since you were cognizant of what was happening.

  9. I mean, it was pretty obvious that the reason the Pat’s lost to the Chiefs was due to the turf. That was the first thing I said when they lost.

    In Foxboro, it’s probably acknowledged that both teams play on the same dirt. Being the Dolphins sucks this year, there’s no way to make all this moving around out of rythm can’t be easy.

    My sympathies and support, Miami.

    Patriots Fan

  10. The quote “I mean, it was pretty obvious that the reason the Pat’s lost to the Chiefs was due to the turf. That was the first thing I said when they lost.” was made by another commenter.

  11. The media will make a big thing out of this but really it’s nothing when put int perspective. Beleive it or not some Dolphin players and staff have probably had their homes wrecked. In a short while all will be pretty much back to some kind of normality and the clean up begins. Football will be a nice destraction.

  12. My Jets are going absolutely nowhere this year. I have always found Jay Cutler amusing. I really like Adam Gase, and this seems very unfair of the league to do. So, why the hell not…Go Dolphins. I’ll cheer for anybody but the Pats to win the East for once.

  13. Maybe he shouldn’t have agreed to have this game in London and take the profits to another country to begin with! Greeeeeeeeedddd.

  14. Sure, send someone else. Wow! You do realize that a lot of planning goes into playing in London, right?

    Personally I think it is a slap in the face to play one of your eight home games in another city, let alone country, but given that it is going to happen, the NFL is doing the right thing keeping the game in London. The Dolphins have been preparing for this for months. I heard an interview with the Brown’s team doctor, they even have to send all of the medical equipment and meet with the hospital that might treat an injured player before the game. It isn’t even possible to just send another two teams.

  15. Waaaay too much money for the NFL in London. No way Goodell sacrifices that for the puny little fans in Miami.
    $>Fans

  16. lightninglucci says:
    September 11, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Let’s not forget the folks going to the London game bought tickets, too. And some might have spent money to travel in, book a hotel, etc. It’s easy to say “move the game” but lots of folks are affected all around.
    ================================================================

    Naples, Florida resident here (Hurricane Irma Ground Zero)….

    I am currently running a few outlets (Fans and lights), a refrigerator and a Koi pond on a generator. We have no a/c, and it’s brutally hot and humid down here. You can’t find ice. Water is contaminated and can only be used for flushing, not drinking or showering. Gas lines are 1 to 2 hours long.

    Please spare us the pity for those that would have lost a game ticket or travel money. This storm has already cost me $2500 and counting.

    Hey, we’re all alive and thankful! But PLEASE, JUST STOP IT!

    Bring the game back to Miami! It’s the right thing to do!

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