Miami Dolphins Have No Plans to Pay For Their Own Stadium Upgrades Alone

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The plan to steer millions in public money to renovations for Sun Life Stadium is dead. It died Friday in the Florida house. There will be no public vote. No deal with the County. It's dead.

But what about the millions the Dolphins planned to invest in the project? Will they still pay for some smaller renovations out of their own pocket? Nope.

Dolphins CEO Mike Dee was on Jim DeFede's CBS 4 show on Sunday to discuss the fallout after Speaker of the House Will Weatherford refused to bring the Dolphins' bill up for a vote. Dee says that billionaire owner Stephen Ross has no plans to sell or relocate the team (not yet, anyway), but he won't spend his own money alone to revamp the stadium.

"We looked at this as a comprehensive modernization -- not a Band-Aid, not a quick fix," Dee said. "To break apart the components of the modernization on an à la carte basis really would be difficult."

Dee said Ross had no idea about the aging condition of the stadium when he bought the team in 2008. He also noted that renovating the stadium now would have been cheaper than building a new stadium in the future.

Ross, meanwhile, sent out a notably bitchy email that lambasted Weatherford for torpedoing the plan. Here's the heart of his statement:

Tonight, Speaker Weatherford did far more than just deny the people of Miami Dade the right to vote on an issue critical to the future of our local economy. The Speaker single-handedly put the future of Super Bowls and other big events at risk for Miami Dade and for all of Florida. He put politics before the people and the 4,000 jobs this project would have created for Miami-Dade and that is just wrong. I am deeply disappointed by the Speaker's decision. He gave me and many others his word that this legislation would go to the floor of the House for a vote, where I know, and he knows, we had the votes to win by a margin as large as we did in the Senate. It's hard to understand why he would stop an election already in process and disenfranchise the 40,000 people who have already voted. I can only assume he felt it was in his political interest to do so. Time will tell if that is the case, but I am certain this decision will follow Speaker Weatherford for many years to come ... In the weeks ahead, I will do all I can to convince my fellow owners to bring the Super Bowl back to Miami Dade. The Bid Committee has done a tremendous job to give us a great shot, and my only hope is that it is enough to overcome the terrible message Speaker Weatherford has sent to the NFL tonight. In addition, I will continue to do all I can to build a winning team for the people of Miami Dade. In the future, I will look to play an important role in fixing the dysfunction in Tallahassee and will continue to work to create good jobs in Miami Dade and throughout South Florida.

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mcaloon
mcaloon

they won`t even pay for partial rennovations with the money they had,  wah wah wah 

Carlos2
Carlos2

In the last SuperBowl, the Superdome's power went out for 20-40 min.

I think SunLife more than meets the "the power will not go out" standard.

Informed
Informed

There was never any proposal asking for even a PENNY of your tax dollars unless you happen to live in a freaking HOTEL ROOM in mainland Dade County.

But, hey, why bother with facts?

Kristina Jones Barahona
Kristina Jones Barahona

If he thinks it can't be done little by little tell him to take a look at Fenway park. Look at what the owners have done there to save that historic landmark. It's more amazing every year.

Louis Wing
Louis Wing

Let them go! They suck anyways, and there aren't enough fans to support pro sports in Miami. Bye!

Vince Witty
Vince Witty

Dolphins are complete shit, I hope they move to Canada. Bye

Norman Canter
Norman Canter

how can you believe a guy like Ross, who claims he didn't know the condition of the stadium when he bought it? A guy who buys, sells, and develops real estate and didn't perform due diligence? What a load of pure bullshit, and vicious, since he lost.

Chanelle Artiles
Chanelle Artiles

Guess what's good for the goose isn't good for the gander. No use in spending your own money if you can't spend public money. Gtfoh.

Norman Canter
Norman Canter

Not surprised that Ross uses these tactics now, after all he spent on lobbyists, corrupting politicians, and promises. 4000 jobs WTF? Who writes their scripts? Not as good as Billy Corban's works

Norman Canter
Norman Canter

We should have let the Marlins move when they threatened

Vic Jr Mer
Vic Jr Mer

they give the garbage marlins and their management everything they wanted and then get burned and now the Dolphins, 1 of the only 2 teams anyone in miami cares about, have to suffer the consequences. I guess those that rejected the bill weren't given any side money and decided to say no. BULLSHIT.

Kyle Pineda
Kyle Pineda

Not like they've brought me joy or happiness in my lifetime with all those Super Bowls they've won recently. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Jennifer Nanni
Jennifer Nanni

Meanwhile there are bridges about to collapse in Miami

Brownie Izaguirre
Brownie Izaguirre

Love how he won't spend a cent on his own team. Good thing it didn't go through.

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Buh-bye. Take the marlins and their douche bag owner on your way out will ya?

Michael Kellett
Michael Kellett

Let them relocate...not like it would be a loss for SoFlo beyond losing a losing team. Fuck'em!!!

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

"Dee said Ross had no idea about the aging condition of the stadium when he bought the team in 2001."

2009, not 2001.

mcaloon
mcaloon

@Informed we stay in those hotels when we visit in dade county and buisness pay to when they have clients in those hotel   so yes we do pay taxes

Carlos2
Carlos2

@Informed

And there shouldn't be until the proposal includes Broward along with Dade, as Broward would benefit insanely from this deal without having to give a penny of their hotel tax dollars.

imlookingout
imlookingout

@Louis Wing I'll just wing it and say you can leave... the Heat had 400,000 people attend the championship parade, more than double what the Ravens had at their Superbowl parade. When the Dolphins start winning again the fans will come out again. Hopefully you will have left already.

imlookingout
imlookingout

@Vince Witty Got an idea, why don't you leave instead? Moron

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

@Norman Canter Actually the Marlins look like geniuses. While everyoe is pissed off at the ownership, not one person is talking about the trade any more. Marlins tried to field a winner in 2012, that failed so they got rid of some overpaid losers. After 32 games, Toronto is 11-21 while the Marlins are 10-22. Add that Reyes is injured for Toronto and Stanton is out for the Marlins and I'd say Lorie got rid of players that came here and simply were given a season to perform and turn the team into at least something of a contender ?

So this is actually like everything else Miami sports fans are about. Without James or Bosh, nobody cares about Heat games. Unless the Dolphins aren't the best, well, you get the picture. Miami is full of band wagoners waiting for the teams to be front runners.

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

@Vic Jr Mer Yep, the money they spent in Little Havana should've gone to Miami Gardens. If they weren't going to put a stadium overlooking the Bay, Sun Life should have been renovated. I mean the Dolphins could've moved with the Marlins had Marlins stadium been designed for football. Politicians knew the Marlins attendance figures, you don't build a stadium for 300 to a few thousand fans ?

imlookingout
imlookingout

@Kyle Pineda" Fans" like you don't deserve a winning team. Don't let the door hit you on the way out...the Dolphins are staying!

imlookingout
imlookingout

@Brownie Izaguirre Do you often make statements that aren't fact based? The Dolphins (Mr. Steven Ross) paid more money in free agency than any team in the NFL this offseason. On the verge of 300 million to be exact. There are reasons owners don't pay for their renovations by themselves. Research it!

imlookingout
imlookingout

@Michael Kellett Got an idea, why don't you relocate? The Dolphins were here long before you! Bye!!!!

imlookingout
imlookingout

@Matt Hirsch clearly, you are an uneducated idiot!

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