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06:59 AM ET 05.06 | As it relates to its most storied NFL franchise, there have been sunnier days in the Sunshine State. Following the team's crushing defeat in Tallahassee, Dolphin CEO Mike Dee announced on Sunday team owner Stephen Ross would not invest any new money into Sun Life stadium. ... And with the stadium in decay, Dee raised the possibility the Dolphins may be forced to leave. "I wouldn't want to prognosticate what the future holds, but it is clearly bleak," he said. Asked if he envisions a scenario in which the Dolphins would be leaving South Florida, Dee said: "Not under Steve Ross's ownership. He's said that over and over again. But he also said that at some point he will sell the team."

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May 6, 2013  07:11 AM ET

"Why would I want to invest my money in my business? Pffft!"
-signed, American Sports Team Owners

May 6, 2013  07:35 AM ET

Marlins messed it up for them.

May 6, 2013  07:53 AM ET

Next, if this doesn't work, you can hold your breath until you turn blue, Steve. We'll watch. Maybe you can get a part in Avatar II.

May 6, 2013  07:57 AM ET

The owner, Ross, owns 95% of both the franchise and the stadium. He made his money in real estate. His wife is as wealthy as he is and they have a reported net worth of $4.4 BILLION.

What is $350 million in renovations to something HE owns? It is squat. The reason the owners kept another $billion off the top in that last CBA was, they said, to renovate and build new stadiums. Well, do it then.


Call his weasel butt, tell him, sell it then, that is why you bought it in the first place.

May 6, 2013  08:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The owner, Ross, owns 95% of both the franchise and the stadium. He made his money in real estate. His wife is as wealthy as he is and they have a reported net worth of $4.4 BILLION.What is $350 million in renovations to something HE owns? It is squat. The reason the owners kept another $billion off the top in that last CBA was, they said, to renovate and build new stadiums. Well, do it then.Call his weasel butt, tell him, sell it then, that is why you bought it in the first place.

He's been a lousy owner since the beginning. You could tell he never gave a damn about the players or the game. His only interest was the dirt.

The quicker he can sell the better for everybody involved. Even if they end up moving the team. At least they'd have an owner who wants to own an NFL football team.

May 6, 2013  08:03 AM ET

Los Angeles Dolphins

May 6, 2013  08:10 AM ET

another POS owner who wants the taxpayers to make him wealthier...

May 6, 2013  08:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He's been a lousy owner since the beginning. You could tell he never gave a damn about the players or the game. His only interest was the dirt. The quicker he can sell the better for everybody involved. Even if they end up moving the team. At least they'd have an owner who wants to own an NFL football team.

You got it, he was always looking to flip, but not before he used public money to increase the value and profit even more from the sale. See back to the GW Bush land swindle when he was the general managing partner of the Rangers and the profit he made from the publics money and eminent domain.

Note: the people who had their land stolen in the Texas hold up won a $22 million settlement-to this day the Rangers have never paid....

May 6, 2013  08:14 AM ET

The Dolphins came in last in terms of attendance %age with only 76.3%. So, how can you make more $$ if not selling all your tickets? By upgrading the stadium so you can charge more for existing seats and especially for the luxury suites. Agree with 50yearfan above, call his bluff.

May 6, 2013  08:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You got it, he was always looking to flip, but not before he used public money to increase the value and profit even more from the sale. See back to the GW Bush land swindle when he was the general managing partner of the Rangers and the profit he made from the publics money and eminent domain. Note: the people who had their land stolen in the Texas hold up won a $22 million settlement-to this day the Rangers have never paid....

This owner sold shares to celebrities as minority owners too... J-Lo... Williams Sisters, and more.

May 6, 2013  08:21 AM ET
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This owner sold shares to celebrities as minority owners too... J-Lo... Williams Sisters, and more.

forgot about that. You are right. He bought it to flip it, he is a real estate guy. The plan: Use public money to increase stadium value, add it to the value of the franchise, sell someday and put the profit in his pocket.

May 6, 2013  08:38 AM ET

He'll end up sitting on it, just letting that natural appreciation increase his investment and wait until the bitter end to sell. At that point he'll have squeezed the very last dollar out of it and he'll sell.

Meanwhile players won't want to play for the team and fans won't buy season tickets. But he doesn't care because the dirt keeps going up. He's a total POS.

May 6, 2013  08:42 AM ET

To say the stadium is in decay is an over exageration.

May 6, 2013  08:46 AM ET
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To say the stadium is in decay is an over exageration.

yeah, as if they were still playing in the Orange Bowl.

May 6, 2013  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

To say the stadium is in decay is an over exageration.

That's another thing that the Marlins ruined - they tore down the Orange Bowl to build their (publicly-funded) ballpark.

This stadium is only 25 years old. If it's in decay, it's because the owners didn't do the upkeep properly.

If the Orange Bowl were still standing, then we could show him what a decaying stadium looks like.

May 6, 2013  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The Dolphins came in last in terms of attendance %age with only 76.3%. So, how can you make more $$ if not selling all your tickets? By upgrading the stadium so you can charge more for existing seats and especially for the luxury suites. Agree with 50yearfan above, call his bluff.

It could possibly be the location. Maybe Florida can't handle 3 NFL teams? Look at LA, they have the largest TV market in the country and yet there is some speculation that LA could not support an NFL team, and that is why the Rams moved.

Frankly I think it is the ownerships problem. These people made their billions by marketing some sort of product to the public. Some owners are good at promoting their teams and making sure that the team is active in local charities and community events. I'm sure the NFL could make any franchise owner sell or move depending on what is good for the NFL. Maybe they should force him out, just like MLB forced the past owner of the Dodgers to sell.

May 6, 2013  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

You got it, he was always looking to flip, but not before he used public money to increase the value and profit even more from the sale. See back to the GW Bush land swindle when he was the general managing partner of the Rangers and the profit he made from the publics money and eminent domain. Note: the people who had their land stolen in the Texas hold up won a $22 million settlement-to this day the Rangers have never paid....

The entire Bush family are crooks. A trait passed down from Prescott and probably before.

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May 6, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

That's another thing that the Marlins ruined - they tore down the Orange Bowl to build their (publicly-funded) ballpark.This stadium is only 25 years old. If it's in decay, it's because the owners didn't do the upkeep properly.If the Orange Bowl were still standing, then we could show him what a decaying stadium looks like.

Candlestick Park is turning 53 years old, originally built for the Giants it was shared by both team for about 15 years, it even had an earthquake when the Giants and A's were in the 89 World Series . This will be it's last year. Oakland Alameda County stadium ( Home of the Raiders and A's) is 49 years old. If the owner of the Dolphins starts saving now. In 25 more years he can build his own stadium. If he is unwilling to do that, then tell him to sell to someone who wants the team.

 
May 6, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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Candlestick Park is turning 53 years old, originally built for the Giants it was shared by both team for about 15 years, it even had an earthquake when the Giants and A's were in the 89 World Series . This will be it's last year. Oakland Alameda County stadium ( Home of the Raiders and A's) is 49 years old. If the owner of the Dolphins starts saving now. In 25 more years he can build his own stadium. If he is unwilling to do that, then tell him to sell to someone who wants the team.

Back in 1960 it only cost $36 million to build. I'd say they got their money's worth.

Hell, even Kezar stadium is still around and used by colleges and High Schools to play games and music concerts, that thing has to be around 70 years old.

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