Miami Dolphins Ask Everyone To Forget About Marlins Park and Fund $400 Million In Sun Life Fixes

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The Miami Marlins swindled local taxpayers out of nearly $500 million while lying about team finances. The Miami Heat cook their books every year to pretend American Airlines Arena -- home to the world's greatest basketball team -- still isn't profitable enough to pay rent to taxpayers.

So as perpetually mediocre Dolphins owner Stephen Ross prepares to ask Dade today to pick up some of the tab for $400 million in renovations at Sun Life Stadium, the real question is why the hell would anyone believe his pitch?

See also:
- Six Lies About the Marlins Stadium
- Miami Heat Owner Pays No Rent For His Arena

Ross plans to argue that the Dolphins are a "different kind of fish," Armando Salguero reports today, drawing a clear distinction between his football team and the larcenous Marlins.

He'll stress that he's willing to pay for the bulk of renovations -- which would include a partial roof and redoing some seating -- if the government picks up the tab of running Sun Life. And he'll hammer home that the cash will come from bed taxes, which are leveled on tourists not residents, and are earmarked for improvements at tourist attractions like Sun Life.

Salguero, who looks set to play the same Miami Herald toady role Greg Cote happily took on the Marlins Park, persuasively outlines this carrot from the kindly owner.

But then he dangles the big stick: The team might leave South Florida otherwise!

"The Dolphins, unlike practically all other NFL teams, currently have no lease holding them to their home stadium and thus their hometown," Salguero writes. "So basically, nothing is tying the Dolphins to South Florida other than tradition and ownership."

Oh NOES! The Fins are totally going to move to Albuquerque unless taxpayers agree to millions in local funds going to help out a private business that is part of the most profitable sports league in the universe.

Truth is, Salguero is right: On its face, the Dolphins request is nowhere near as offensive as the Marlins' daylight armed robbery.

But is that really the best benchmark to decide whether continuing to pour millions in public cash into sports franchises is good policy? For decades now, team owners have exploited the emotional ties between the public and their franchises to extort ever more cash.

Study after study shows that the impact of new stadiums on local economies is negligible, because visitors spend cash at the all-inclusive parks that they would have otherwise spent at smaller local businesses.

But the Fins say they need $400 million in renovations to stay in town, and Miami loves the Dolphins so in the end they'll probably find a way to get this deal done. Everyone is happy, for the moment, until the next team decides they can't possibly survive without millions more in handouts.

Go team!

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MNTreader
MNTreader

If  Ross doesn't even want to invest in the team why should the community have too? The Dolphins want Super Bowls, how's about we first get to see  play off games in Miami. The Marlins got their new stadium and they're just as pathetic as when they played in Sun Life.

Felix Cheshire Thompson
Felix Cheshire Thompson

How about you guys make it to playoffs before asking for us to foot the bill for your fail. Also Sunlife Stadium a tourist attraction? Motherfuka Plzzzzzzzzz.

Nomejodas Pleez
Nomejodas Pleez

i love the fins allday but id rather pay and have my tax dollars go towards idk....EDUCATION...DUHHHHHHHHHHH

Nomejodas Pleez
Nomejodas Pleez

solo mierda hablan los ricos estos...puhleez with that bullshit...fund ur own team and their hub...descarado!!!

Nomejodas Pleez
Nomejodas Pleez

solo mierda hablan los ricos estos...puhleez with that bullshit...fund ur own team and their hub...descarado!!!

Elio Calero
Elio Calero

Salguero said they could leave since they don't have a lease, Ross never said or hinted at that. It would be national news.

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

To some extent, the areas professional sports teams are like the schools and so on that taxpayers get as a benefit to the community. It's a quality of life thing. Just me, but I think the Marlins should've never moved from Sun  Life and the renovations done to the stadium. But really, short of building a new one in the adjacent spaces is really the only solution other cities have come up with for their own sports teams.

Yani5
Yani5

Sad sad sad... 

Jo Braga
Jo Braga

Get ready to pay up Miami.. They will make us take the bill! Let the rich fund this crappy team or let them leave..

Jo Braga
Jo Braga

Get ready to pay up Miami.. They will make us take the bill! Let the rich fund this crappy team or let them leave..

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

Sad thing is that while I can see a small bit of logic here and ordinarily would say let's give it a shot, Loria and the weakass county commissioners screwed it up for everyone else

Jen Die
Jen Die

The need to take a seat...

Carlos Ignacio M
Carlos Ignacio M

Proving again, that the fish market is expensive and can go bad in South Florida great HEAT!

Dicky Bobby Perez
Dicky Bobby Perez

and he threatens us by relocating the team? great owner we got here

Eddie Suarez
Eddie Suarez

as a long time season ticket holder I say call their bluff and let them leave. They can go be mediocre somewhere else.

Roy Gonzalez
Roy Gonzalez

Mark Cuban should by the Fish..both of them.

Adam Matza
Adam Matza

Let the wealthy fund their own office space...

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

fuck them no. they dont likei it? more than welcomed to move the team. I'm done with their BS

Louis Wing
Louis Wing

I do think this is a "Little different" that the straight up lying the Marlins offensive owner (odor) did to us. But the end pitch saying you'll leave town.. is well, questionable. I think we should call his bluff, tell him to GTFO out of Miami and try his luck with the shitty fins somewhere else. Ask him to pay Manny for his medical claims, and GO. There are not enough fans to really support a football team in S.FL, as you can't even sell out a regular season game. Pathetic games, and I'm not even talking about the time on the field.

Daniel Lopez-Recio
Daniel Lopez-Recio

hells yeah. it gets massively hot at the 1 o'clock dolphin games and canes games. I dont ever go to phins games and im one of their biggest fans ever. Reason being its far but this would definitely make me want to buy season tickets. Only bad thing i see is the advantage that the miami sun gives to the phins when they wear white and the other team has dark colors.

Elio Calero
Elio Calero

Yeah cause the Dolphins have been known for gutting their teams.

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