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Commissioner wants Dolphins to 'stay in Miami'

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07:30 AM ET 05.11 | NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who lobbied on behalf of the failed Sun Life Stadium renovation deal in Tallahassee, told NFL.com late Thursday that he wants the Dolphins to "stay in Miami." "We want to see them stay in a facility that will allow them to compete, and to bring in other big events, including Super Bowls," Goodell told the website. "And that takes work, it takes investment, and [Stephen] Ross was doing the investing and was really the guy who was putting his heart and soul into this and his passion into this. And that's what's frustrating is that it didn't get a chance to get to the voters." Goodell added: "Of course we will stay involved, we will do whatever is necessary because we do think it's right for all of Florida. We think it's particularly good for the Miami-Dade area. It will help attract bigger events, and that will have a real economic impact on the community."

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May 11, 2013  07:54 AM ET

Roger, stop telling people what's right for all of Florida!!!!

May 11, 2013  08:51 AM ET

Chiorboy is going to be the death of this league. He may not be around when the final nail is driven but he's building a coffin.

May 11, 2013  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Roger, stop telling people what's right for all of Florida!!!!

Careful, he might hug you!

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May 11, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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I don't care where the Dolphins play as long as they continue to suck for another 35-40 years.

Oh. so you want them to emulate the Jets.

May 11, 2013  09:35 AM ET

Can he legally suspend Florida as a state?

May 11, 2013  09:57 AM ET

"We want to see them stay in a facility that will allow them to compete, and to bring in other big events, including Super Bowls," Goodell told the website.


Read it and weep, Miami. This is what it is all about.

May 11, 2013  10:05 AM ET

Roger should give up on ther voters, lobby the medical facilities, have them build the new stagium with some of the money they get from medicare fraud

May 11, 2013  10:12 AM ET

OK Rog, then back up your words and have him use that League's owners kitty that you lend money to the owners at 0% interest. You have done it before. And remember? you got that extra $1 billion off the top 9 which significantly lowered the ccap number for every team ) because you said the League needed it to improve facilities....ie. stadiums.....

P.S. There is no place for them to move to....

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May 11, 2013  11:01 AM ET
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"We want to see them stay in a facility that will allow them to compete, and to bring in other big events, including Super Bowls," Goodell told the website. Read it and weep, Miami. This is what it is all about.

Exactly. This whole "new stadium/improvements" crap was started by Goodell right after the last SB in Miami.

He's further reinforced it by putting a SB in a stadium that isn't made for cold weather (the New Meadowlands) primarily as a marketing tool to the other NFL cities -- "build us a fancy new stadium (on your dime) and we'll come to your town too."

(And is anyone surprised? The Commissioner works at the behest and the whim of the owners, not for the game as a whole.)

May 11, 2013  11:37 AM ET
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Exactly. This whole "new stadium/improvements" crap was started by Goodell right after the last SB in Miami.He's further reinforced it by putting a SB in a stadium that isn't made for cold weather (the New Meadowlands) primarily as a marketing tool to the other NFL cities -- "build us a fancy new stadium (on your dime) and we'll come to your town too."(And is anyone surprised? The Commissioner works at the behest and the whim of the owners, not for the game as a whole.)

He made the same type of statement when Atlanta was having their stadium discussions.

No one should be fooled by the end game as far as Goodell's involvement in any of these discussions.

May 11, 2013  12:20 PM ET

WHY WOULD YOU CATER TO MIAMI, THEY DON'T EVEN SUPPORT THEIR OWN TEAM. If you are going to chose Super Bowl sites based on weather then maybe you should have it in Hawaii every year.

The NFL needs to reward cities whose fans have supported their teams and the NFL, and where the locals have a good relationship with their NFL team. Florida has one to many NFL teams. There are plenty of new market cities that could support a NFL team. I think the Dophins would still retain their minimal fan base even if the Dolphins moved to Oklahoma. That way they could support their team via television, and not worry about catering to the NFL's voracious appetite for new stadiums. Look at the people of LA, they don't care if they have a NFL team, some still support the Rams and Raiders, but no one cares that they are gone, they watch them on TV to get their fill of the NFL. I think LA should be cut off from all viewership of NFL Games, just to see how much they want Football in their town. Yes the NFL can blackout certain areas they do it all the time when a team does not fill it's quota of ticket purchases. Just ask Raider fans how many times the Raiders home games get broadcast locally. I think they might get 1 or 2 games a year if they are lucky.

May 11, 2013  12:54 PM ET

I am still looking for one other completely privately owned , but publicly financed, structure with money raised through new taxes.
could take a while.

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May 11, 2013  04:56 PM ET
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I want them to be better at being worse than the Jets.

Is that even possible?

 
May 11, 2013  09:16 PM ET
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OK Rog, then back up your words and have him use that League's owners kitty that you lend money to the owners at 0% interest. You have done it before. And remember? you got that extra $1 billion off the top 9 which significantly lowered the ccap number for every team ) because you said the League needed it to improve facilities....ie. stadiums.....P.S. There is no place for them to move to....

Excellent post 50

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