The Miami Dolphins Deserve Our Help

Categories: Luke's Gospel
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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke comes to the defense of the Miami Dolphins.

I'm with Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross on this one. The county and state should give the team public funds to help defray the $400 million cost of upgrading Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins' home has done more to boost the local economy than the American Airlines Arena, the BB&T Center, and Marlins Park ever have.

This is a good investment that will generate money for the people. Every time Sun Life Stadium hosts the Orange Bowl, the BCS National Championship Game, the Super Bowl, and major international soccer matches, everybody gets paid, from police officers to cabbies to concierges to exotic dancers. What's more, Sun Life Stadium gets more use than the other three sports venues.

The University of Miami is a permanent tenant. The stadium hosts top-of-the-line soccer teams from around the world. Every one of those games sells out because South Florida has hundreds of thousands of Latin American fútbol fans. Sun Life is also the only place where a diverse variety of events can be staged -- from the Monster Jam truck show to the Jazz in the Gardens music festival.

We also have to give the Dolphins organization credit for investing money back into the community. The other sports franchises in the region -- the Miami Heat, the Miami Marlins, and the Florida Panthers -- do not invest as much in community outreach. The team has paid tens of thousands of dollars to renovate football fields at dozens of parks in Miami-Dade.

Three years ago, Ross, the Dolphins, and the NFL donated a $164,000 grant to Miami Beach Senior High to renovate its on-campus football and soccer practice field. The team also allows high schools to host football games at the stadium and share in the gate revenues.

We have yet to see the Marlins fulfill their promise of building and renovating youth baseball fields across Miami-Dade. And the only youth basketball gym involving the Heat is Alonzo Mourning's Overtown Youth Center. That's a damn shame when you consider the Heat is the most prominent basketball team in the NBA and is led by LeBron James, the most dominant player in the nation.

The Heat should be building basketball courts and gymnasiums throughout the county. And has the Heat ever hosted a local high school basketball game?

Sun Life Stadium is worth the money. Miami-Dade County just needs to make sure the Dolphins continue paying taxes to the City of Miami Gardens and that they guarantee minorities will get construction jobs for the renovation.

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vocabularypower
vocabularypower

The State of Florida providing $$$$. No way.  That has been done before in the late 80's when State gave the city of St. Petersburg, FL money to build a baseball stadium with no MBL team.  That stadium sat empty (NHL Tampa Bay Lightning, not withstanding) for almost ten years, until a expansion team (Devil Rays) arrived.  If Miami Dade taxpayers and tourist want to pay, I have no problem, but don't tax the people in Jacksonville, Pensacola, Panama City, Orlando and Tallahassee for a stadium that's at least 350 miles away from their area.

FatHand
FatHand

Are you effing kidding me Luke? Why doesn't billionaire Stephen Ross just renovate his own stadium? You're out of touch on this one.

rdeal
rdeal

New stadiums are for teams that won championships in my lifetime. Dolphin's doesn't meet that criteria. Let me know when the Miami dolphins feel inclined to buy me  a house since the market value of a mansion would be great for Miami's economy. Thanks but no thanks Luke.

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

They had that money and more for upgrades, they chose to buy the Marlins a new stadium. Hard to sell that taxpayers need to build stadiums when 12-15% of the working population can't get a job and who knows how many more are undercompensated with underemployment. What is done is done ? That roof/dome would've looked good on Sun Life, drive over to Little Havana and look at Marlins stadium, that's where it was installed. Just me, but if they were to build at the old OB site for the baseball stadium, to build a dome large enough for the Dolphins might've even made sense ?  I mean if you buy into that the Marlins & Dolphins need new or upgraded facilities ? The politicians in Miami simply don't think out their moves, it's why one got recalled and now is a 60 year old body builder.

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

All that money they make from $30-40 parking and you want me to give that losing team even more money? I don't even like the sorry ass Dolphins.

CJ Ritchie
CJ Ritchie

No thanks Uncle Luke, if you want to you can reach into those deep pockets and chip in but I was against the funds being used on the Marlins stadium and think there are many other projects we can use our tax dollars on to better the community for everyone. There are enough millionaires associated with the fins to re built a new stadium.

Daniel Solares
Daniel Solares

They Deserve our help like I need another ass hole!!! wtf have they done for anyone except loose games, trade away good players for money, and charge an arm and a leg for a damn beer and parking?? now if they got the money and allow people to take in food and beer like NASCAR then we are talking!!!!

loki.pan80
loki.pan80

Let's see if Billy Corbin trolls this like he trolls Omar Kelly

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

Miami Dolphins havent done dick for me. No tax payers money to help a business. Let the free market handle things. If they so wish, they can pack their 7-9 record and leave town. We are the worse run city in the country and we wonder why? Where are they going to move to anyway? They think any city is going to build them a billion dollar facilty?

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

What about non-minorities?  Shouldn't they get jobs too?

floggingfernie
floggingfernie

 I agree with you for the first time EVER. But on the bigger point. Fck this stadium. For a country that loves the Free Market we sure love to give corporate welfare. No more corporate welfare. If the League wants to pay for this  stupid idea, fine. If the Team wants to borrow the money fine, it's their decision. They shouldn't need any public money. Last time i checked, not a single corporation gave me MONEY to buy my house. I borrowed it from a Bank. If a bank tells them no, that tells you it's bad idea and a risky investment. And I'm sick and tired of this whole quota system. I am a liberal, but i don't want to be hired cause im Brown or jewish or whatever. I want to be hired cause I'm good

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