If Stephen Ross steps out, Bruce Beal most likely steps in (and possibly Tom Brady, as a minority owner)

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With Dolphins owner Stephen Ross facing an investigation that could lead to a force sale of the team, he already has a buyer.

Bruce Beal (pictured) will be in line to take over the team, whenever Ross sells his controlling interest.

Beal, as recently explained by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, has worked with Ross for years in his real-estate company. Beal has held the right to purchase the team since 2016.

First, Ross must decide to sell. (Two years ago, he said he wouldn’t sell the team in his lifetime.) Before he’s actually forced to sell, Ross possibly would choose to voluntarily cash out.

With the NFL investigating the claim from former Dolphins coach Brian Flores that Ross offered $100,000 for each loss in 2019 and given the sense that the contention will be corroborated, Ross arguably would be wise to walk away before the probe creates evidence that an ambitious prosecutor could then use to secure an indictment of Ross for violating the federal Sports Bribery Act.

Ultimately, it comes down to how committed Ross would be to fighting the outcome. With no one to whom he intends to bequeath the team, it’s simply a question of whether he gets the money before or after he dies.

Regardless of when Beal gets the team, one name to watch will be Tom Brady. There’s a lingering belief that Beal’s acquisition of the Dolphins would be followed by Beal selling a sliver of it to Brady. As Brady’s fortune continues to grow, he could potentially secure controlling ownership of the Dolphins or maybe buy some other team.


17 responses to “If Stephen Ross steps out, Bruce Beal most likely steps in (and possibly Tom Brady, as a minority owner)

  1. At some point a player or group of players will eventually be able to purchase a controlling interest in an NFL franchise. For whatever reason I always got a sense it would be “the right” city, where they had some historic attachment, not just some random franchise that came up for sale. For all intents and purposes, I see only a few franchises that could hold off a forced sale…who knows, with all thats going on, what franchises may be on the block? Has anyone heard anything about the Raiders front office exodus from a few months ago?

  2. I knew it– the entire Flores thing was a premeditated hit on Stephen Ross to get control of that valuable team.

  3. As much as Brady and his wife have made I doubt they have the $1.2 BILLION IN CASH (without borrowing it) to take a controlling stake of any team. It doesn’t do any good to look at their GROSS earnings (on and off the field and runway) as they had to pay taxes, agents, spend on lifestyle etc etc. I doubt even cashing out TB12 could get them the un-leveraged cash. Now a minority stake is obviously doable.

  4. If this story goes beyond “he said, he said” to the point of corroboration, Ross is gone. He will be accused formally of committing the worst type of football felony and the NFL will see to it that he disappears. He will join a pantheon of infamy that includes the 1919 Black Sox and Pete Rose. BTW, I don’t think Brady will move into ownership until he’s done playing. I don’t think he’s done playing.

  5. andyreidsmustache says:
    February 17, 2022 at 12:46 pm
    Brady has owned the phins for the last 20 years or so, I suppose it’s only fitting.

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    Not really. Miami and Denver are famously his kryptonite. The year they went to the SB in 2011, he couldn’t even get them past midfield before half time, for example.

    Any real fan knows these kinds of things.

  6. TB12 and Co. Brady has never owned anyone by himself without the help of the extra man the league provides him

  7. Not BuyingIt says:
    February 17, 2022 at 1:03 pm
    If Brady ever becomes any type of Miami owner,my days as a Phin fan would come to a end.


    Why….you don’t like winning?

  8. Owning a NFL team doesn’t seem as awesome or romantic in years past…..so many player issues, stadium issues, possible scandals, criticism of fans & media, and For what? So every once in awhile the TV would zoom in on you in the owners box? And the worst part would you have to deal with Rodger!!

  9. >>>ewishon1 says:
    February 17, 2022 at 12:26 pm
    I’m confused. Didn’t Brady already own the Dolphins throughout his career?<<<

    No team has beaten the Brady-led Patriots more than the Dolphins.

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