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05:44 PM ET 05.05 | The Miami Dolphins have scrapped plans to renovate Sun Life Stadium after the stadium funding bill wasn't brought to a vote in the Florida House of Representatives. The bill, which was passed by the Florida Senate, wasn't brought to a vote by House speaker Will Weatherford prior to the end of the legislative session, which means Miami-Dade County residents will not have a chance to vote on the funding referendum. The Dolphins want to renovate Sun Life, and were hoping to fund part of the project by lifting the hotel bed tax cap from six to seven percent. The team was also hoping to secure roughly $90 million in sales tax rebates over the next 30 years. However, without public funding, the $400 million project has been scuttled.

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May 5, 2013  05:56 PM ET

Los Angeles Dolphins

May 5, 2013  06:14 PM ET
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Los Angeles Dolphins

I thought the same thing, but there's no way on Earth Goodell let's the NFL leave south Florida, which is also one of their favorite Super Bowl locations....then again you changed avatars, so anything can happen.

May 5, 2013  06:28 PM ET
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Los Angeles Dolphins

That doesn't even sound remotely good!!!

May 5, 2013  06:36 PM ET

Would your town raise taxes to renovate your house? No, neither would mine. Sorry, Fish. That's the way it goes.

May 5, 2013  07:35 PM ET
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I thought the same thing, but there's no way on Earth Goodell let's the NFL leave south Florida, which is also one of their favorite Super Bowl locations....then again you changed avatars, so anything can happen.

The league would still have Jax and Tampa. Not quite 'south Florida', but there weren't any major issues when Jacksonville hosted the Super Bowl in 2005. Tampa did nicely in 2009. Between those two stadiums, I'm sure Florida could be involved in lots of SB games even without a team in Miami. And it'd give Miami a while to get their stadium sorted.

I'm still not sure why the league isn't doing more to help out.

May 5, 2013  07:41 PM ET
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Los Angeles Dolphins

LOL, I'd bet that even if the *did* move to LA, the NFL would keep them in their current Division. Case in point: Dallas Cowboys - middle of the US, **but** in the NFL **East!** go figure. By all logic, the Cowboys should be in the NFC's Central Divison. Wait, we're talking about *logic* here and the NFL in the same breath. My bad.ROFL....

May 5, 2013  07:44 PM ET
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Would your town raise taxes to renovate your house? No, neither would mine. Sorry, Fish. That's the way it goes.

Wasn't one of the things owners got from the lockout was a building fund?

May 5, 2013  07:47 PM ET
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Wasn't one of the things owners got from the lockout was a building fund?

yeah, what ever happened to that fund...?

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May 5, 2013  07:57 PM ET
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LOL, I'd bet that even if the *did* move to LA, the NFL would keep them in their current Division. Case in point: Dallas Cowboys - middle of the US, **but** in the NFL **East!** go figure. By all logic, the Cowboys should be in the NFC's Central Divison. Wait, we're talking about *logic* here and the NFL in the same breath. My bad.ROFL....

The Arizona Cardinals played in the NFC East for years...

May 5, 2013  07:57 PM ET

And Kansas City is in the central time zone, not the West.

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May 5, 2013  08:02 PM ET
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I thought the same thing, but there's no way on Earth Goodell let's the NFL leave south Florida, which is also one of their favorite Super Bowl locations....then again you changed avatars, so anything can happen.

Here's the problem... the stadium enhancements were part of the effort to bring another Super Bowl to Miami. No improvements - no Super Bowl.

No Super Bowl - no reason to stay.

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May 5, 2013  08:04 PM ET

Why don't Steve Ross take up a collection from the other owners!!!

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May 5, 2013  08:06 PM ET
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"However, without public funding, the $400 million project has been scuttled."Great news, because we have to end these handouts and giveaways to greedy-**** egotistic billionaires.They've become dependent on govt handouts, and look where that has gotten us.

Damn right! We gotta get our handouts back into the hands of people who make bad decisions!

May 5, 2013  08:13 PM ET
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Here's the problem... the stadium enhancements were part of the effort to bring another Super Bowl to Miami. No improvements - no Super Bowl. No Super Bowl - no reason to stay.

Football is getting very expensive for many cities. Sometimes the city has to decide between much needed infrastructure improvements and the NFL. Double edged sword!

May 5, 2013  08:16 PM ET
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Damn right! We gotta get our handouts back into the hands of people who make bad decisions!

Congress?

 
May 5, 2013  08:17 PM ET
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Football is getting very expensive for many cities. Sometimes the city has to decide between much needed infrastructure improvements and the NFL. Double edged sword!

Football has priced itself away from the common man. I can't afford a Cowboys game.


Yikes - 2-1 Oat-a-wah

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