Miami Loses Both Super Bowl L and LI Bids

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This had been pretty much all but guaranteed after the Dolphin's aggressive plans to secure public money to renovate Sun Life Stadium fell through, but now it's official. Miami has lost both its bid to host the historic 50th anniversary Super Bowl and the follow up, Super Bowl LI. They'll be hosted by San Francisco and Houston respectively.

Miami's Sun Life was in direct competition to host Super Bowl L with San Francisco's as-yet-incomplete Levi's Stadium, which is set to open as the new home of the 49ers in 2014.

In the early run, it seemed NFL owners had wanted to host the milestone game in Miami to reflect the Super Bowl's heritage (Miami has hosted a total of 10). In fact, The New York Times reports, "Miami would almost certainly have won the bidding for it had a referendum on use of tax dollars and rebates to pay for stadium renovations passed." But the renovation scheme's failure and San Francisco's aggressive bid spelled doom.

As the loser, Miami then went on to face Houston to host Super Bowl LI, but NFL owners didn't even decide to give us the conciliation prize. Reliant Stadium will instead host its second game. Its bid included a promise to build the largest digital display of any sports arena in the world.

It appears NFL owners are easily persuaded by shiny new toys.

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james
james

There was never ANY proposal to raise your taxes. Unless you stayed in a mainland hotel in Dade County nobody was asking for so much as a PENNY from you.

Yet, some of you keep repeating that mantra about "my tax dollars" as if it'll become true just by repeating the same crap over and over.

Apparently, a lot of you never even read the proposal or simply don't care about the FACTS. I guess some folks just enjoy being  misinformed nitwits. 

Mark Grigsby
Mark Grigsby

Good. The NFL should make them make the dolphins make the playoffs before allowing another SB here!

Floydian Slipped
Floydian Slipped

BAHAHAHAHAHAH a toast to a wee victory for the 99% who defeated a millionaires stadium scam! Joe Robbie's small pockets were able to build his own dream thereby the Dolphins owners considerably larger ones will have no trouble at all DOING IT WITH HIS OWN 4 BILLION

Frank Velazquez
Frank Velazquez

Good, we don't need to spend money on more stadiums.

internetinternet
internetinternet

Tax payers are stuck with the baseball stadium, sewer repairs, school repairs, road and bridge repairs and all the other stuff that wasn't fixed during the great real estate bubble.  Are we looking at five to ten billion on bonds on the rest of the stuff? 

James Eagles
James Eagles

the Dolphin's owner had enough money in his back pocket to pay for that stadium twice over. this was all about politics and trying to get a free lunch at the expense of the tax payers.

Pablo Suarez
Pablo Suarez

Oh well, it's not like we're going to be participating in a superbowl anytime soon...

Ryan Johnny Thayil
Ryan Johnny Thayil

I'm sure the Dolphins have plenty of money to pay for the expansions themselves if they want

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

Loria and his losers got what they wanted while the fins and Miami get screwed. I wasn't for new taxes but if anyone deserved the break it was the fins. They have a more loyal following than the marlins

Emazin Molly
Emazin Molly

get ready for the FT LAUDERDALE or WEST PALM BEACH DOLPHINS. it really sucks that the marlins fucked up the dolphins chance of getting a new roof. idiots that cant READ were the ones thinking THEY got taxed, when in reality it was the HOTELS that get taxed. last i checked, i didnt own a hotel. lol. poor dolphins :/

John C. Tucker
John C. Tucker

Who cares, this city makes so much money with the tennis tournaments, Grove Art show, the Boat show, Ultra Fest and all the other 2,000 things it has always going on throughout the year.

Brett Chandler
Brett Chandler

Both those stadiums are newer and nicer than that dump Joe Robbie, or whatever it is called these days. Tear that place down, build a new stadium, and they may have a better shot.

Bob Yard
Bob Yard

Thats what comes from screwing the taxpayers.....

Fit Forlife
Fit Forlife

Screw the nfl as they hold cities hostage to build new stadiums for the benefit of rich owners and off the backs of citizens of which many can't even afford to go to the games.

james
james

@Floydian Slipped 

Building that stadium also bankrupted the Robbie family and forced them to sell the franchise to Wayne Huizenga less than a decade after it opened.

Amazing how nobody ever seems to mention that part.

WhyNotNow
WhyNotNow topcommenter

Actually, I don't mind my tax dollars paying for sewers, bridges and schools. NOT STADIUMS.

LuLuFlower84
LuLuFlower84

@james Quien los manda! If they wanted to spend their money on it, it was their prerogative. I don't feel sorry for some Millionaire who blows his money on stupid shit.


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