Roger Goodell: "We Want Dolphins to Stay in Miami"

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Just a day after Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee casually quipped that the team was "open" to moving to Palm Beach, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stressed that the league wants the team to stay put in the only home it's ever known, Miami-Dade County. Goodell also stated that the league will do "whatever it takes" to ensure that the team gets a modern home in the area.

See also:
- Dolphins 'Open' to Moving to Palm Beach

"We do want to see the Dolphins stay in Miami," Goodell told NFL.com "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. That takes work, it takes investment, and Steve Ross was doing the investing and was really the guy who was putting his heart and soul into this and his passion into this. What's frustrating is that it didn't get a chance to get to the voters."

So it seems that Goodell wouldn't be particularly keen on moving the team to Palm Beach entirely out of the market to, say, Los Angeles. Which makes total sense, especially when it comes to moving the team out of Florida. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale is the 16th biggest media market in America alone. That doesn't even include West Palm Beach (the 38th biggest TV market) or other places in Florida where the Dolphins have a following. Remember, if that Facebook data is to be believed, the Dolphins' fanbase extends far into Florida and dwarfs that of the Bucs and Jags. That's a whole lot of territory for the NFL to just give up on.

Goodell, who traveled to Tallahassee to help lobby for the team's plan, seems particularly peeved that voters never got a chance to vote on the resolution.

Goodell however doesn't seem to be under the impression that the quest for stadium upgrades will be over anytime soon, saying the NFL will do "whatever it takes."

"Of course we will stay involved. We will do whatever is necessary, because we do think it's right for all of Florida," he says. "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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31 comments
Firip Onitsuka
Firip Onitsuka

All I know is that the Miami Dolphins office is full of crying babies. Every time they play, I'll here crying babies.

TK Small
TK Small

Of course he does ,anyway the Jags are going to LA ,and the league needs a team in the Miami market.

Fred Saunders
Fred Saunders

Kevin Korza, Are you talking about Joe Robbie Stadium or The Orange Bowl. You need to learn a little about Miami History son!

Juan Alberto Fernandez
Juan Alberto Fernandez

Let them go the organization is a shell of it former self and miami has plenty of minimum wage jobs already they wont be missed.

Chris Leyva
Chris Leyva

Fireland! Is that still a thing? I defy them to move

Kevin Korza
Kevin Korza

I honestly do not see anything wrong with their current stadium. They were there ever since their first game. It's history.

Darian Faroy
Darian Faroy

I want them to stay too, but there's a problem if they can't make the money to support the organization...... and by the way, stop mentioning votes! They're skewing the argument in an attempt to mislead. This should be a simple supply/demand/investment issue resolved in the private marketplace and it's apparent that they're trying to avoid taking a financial risk by lobbying to force another tax burden upon us.

Kevin Siegelbaum
Kevin Siegelbaum

Screw this. If they are going to use politics "enrage us" to support the team, let them move. And on the opposite side, to play politics with a sports team that supports local jobs and businesses for nothing more than power play or grand stand politics, screw him and vote the bastard out...with a primary challenge so he knows its not a party issue, it's a statement that "he" is an asshole.

Ricky J Madrid
Ricky J Madrid

yeah right. that's not happening. too much history here in Miami. its like moving the boston celtics to somewhere in Vermont. its all lies.

Nicholas Siberio
Nicholas Siberio

Ross is not a good poker player. To be able to bluff, your opponent has to at least believe a little in what you're saying.

Norman Canter
Norman Canter

guy works for owners . . makes $20 million per year, what is he going to say? Getting tax payers to build stadiums is part of his job

Geral John Pinault
Geral John Pinault

Our beloved Miami Dolphins started whining and crying, threatening to move to Palm Beach County if our Miami voters won't fund their $400M request for stadium improvements! THIS IS ABSOLUTE BULLCRAP! DON'T BE AS STUPID AS THE MARLINS WERE MY DEAR DOLPHINS OR WE'LL BOYCOTT YOU TOO!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! We can live without you but you definintely cannot live without us! In 2010 we got the Super Bowl but it was a bust for the hoteliers because the major cities like NYC, Boston, LA and Phily did not make the Super Bowl!! There are no guarantees for success even if your city gets a Super Bowl! We are not going to fund private improvements for you, period!!!

Dicky Bobby Perez
Dicky Bobby Perez

so they want to take the stadium to palm beach. Um..... didnt they want no part in the renovation process along with broward county? I am sure if the other two counties that would benefit from this renovation , and each county contributing 133mill each this would of been a win win situation for ALL!

Manny Rodriguez
Manny Rodriguez

Dolphins are acting like spoiled brats. If they wanna leave cuz we won't pony up for the stadium renovations then GTFOH with your non winning ass team.

David Mojica
David Mojica

Dolphins move to WPB? LMAO never going to happen

Jeremiah Liburdi
Jeremiah Liburdi

oh good, so the league is going to pony up the 350 mil wanted for stadium renovations and give us the superbowl.... believe it when i see it...

Trevor Gaffney
Trevor Gaffney

They don't have to do "whatever it takes" All they have to do is say they wont approve relocation

Hector Roos
Hector Roos

Yawn, they don't even call it the "Miami" Dolphins anymore...

Allen Laz Bernardez
Allen Laz Bernardez

Just a day after Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee casually quipped that the team was "open" to moving to Palm Beach, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stressed that the league wants the team to stay put in the only home it's ever known, Miami-Dade County. Goodell also stated that the league will do "whatever it takes" to ensure that the team gets a modern home in the area.

Xaviant Haze
Xaviant Haze

thier stupid stadium is nowhere near miami

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