Stephen Ross Gives $200 Million to Michigan, and Now Miami Hates Him So Much More

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With his $4.4 billion in the bank, couldn't Dolphins owner Stephen Ross afford a few remedial classes in basic public relations? We'll give you this crash course for free, Steve: Do not throw an insane $200 million donation at your alma mater months after stomping around and demanding that broke-ass taxpayers pay for fixes at your pro football stadium. Just don't do it.

Well, too late for that. Now the University of Michigan is $200 million richer and everyone in South Florida has 200 million more reasons to hate Stephen Ross' guts.

Ross immediately went on the defensive after announcing the record-breaking donation to the University of Michigan. Because giving that cash to a school is totally different from putting it into a new Fins stadium!

"They are very different subjects, and I think it is important to be committed to both," Ross tells the Miami Herald this morning. "As I've often said, I've promised to pay a large portion of the stadium upgrade costs, but the community who would substantially benefit also needs to be involved."

Yes, we get it: Ross never claimed he couldn't pay for stadium upgrades. He just thought he shouldn't have to in a world where the NFL lives off public largesse and where "the public benefits" from a new stadium.

But that raises another PR problem: If his massive donation had gone entirely toward scholarships or endowed professorships, that apples-and-oranges argument might work. But while half of Michigan's change will go toward a business school upgrade, the other half will prop up -- you guessed it -- the Wolverines' athletic program.

So it's OK for a billionaire fat cat to pay for the athletics that benefit the public in Ann Arbor, but in Miami, well, if the public is going to enjoy it, they've got to pay their fair share too?

Sorry, Steve. This round of swaying public opinion has gone about as swimmingly as the past six Dolphins' drafts. But enjoy the warm welcome up in Michigan!

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Gregory Lee
Gregory Lee

What about the city of Miami....? They could use that $200MM to defray the costs AND it's still s/b charitable...

Yaser Castro
Yaser Castro

Our money should go towards our education system.

Rene Orovio
Rene Orovio

Dan Marino (I hope that's your real name!), I am a Miamian not a Floridian! And by reading your comment I can tell you obviously didn't READ my post! What the hell does being corrupt have to do with what I said? Detroit and Religion?! Now you're just talking shit for the sake of talking shit! All I pointed out is that the NFL is a BUSINESS and that's it. He is not the first NFL owner to try to get taxpayer dollars for their stadium. Read my post - ONLY 3 NFL Stadiums are privately funded, that is roughly 4 1/2 percent. It's called BUSINESS papo NOT STEALING! He has already invested millions of his own money into the team and the facilities. But you probably didn't know that because you're too busy reading the New Times! And to say that the Dolphins do nothing for the public except make them feel good makes me believe that you are either not from here or you have your head so far up your ass that all you care about is fighting "The Man". Let me fill you in on something - The only reason they wanted the renovations was to bring the Super Bowl back to Miami - which generated $400 million dollars last time it was here! Did you get that? 110,000 visitors generated $400 MILLION for the LOCAL ECONOMY! And that doesn't even count the money that comes in for the Fed-ex Orange Bowl, THE NCAA Football National Championship and other events held at the stadium. But I guess you didn't know that because all you see is a rich guy asking for money i.e Jeffrey Loria. You probably voted no because that reason (Loria). You cannot compare the Marlins to the Dolphins…period! The Marlins deal was done by a bunch of shady politicians that are no longer around. The Dolphins do more for the community than any of your "I hate politicians" post will ever do! They employ thousands of people, they give to charities and they help local business flourish during the season. Why do think there are now 6 Sports Grills instead of one, not because of the wings buddy! But you knew that right?! It's really sad that there are so many ignorant people down here that voted no just because of the Marlins deal. But since it's not your money "who cares" how much money it brings to S. FLA! Next time you decide talk out of the side of your neck and question my ATTITUDE, do some research instead of sounding like an ignorant fuck! Stealing, Detroit, and Religion?!?! The only thing missing from your comment was Monsanto! Keep on eating what the Media is feeding you buddy! GO FINS!!!

Danny Amores
Danny Amores

@Dan Marino, original name! My nose isn't up anybodys ass bitch

Juan Ruiz
Juan Ruiz

Steven Ross die and leave Miami

WhyNotNow
WhyNotNow topcommenter

So, Steve Ross School of Athletics sounds so much better than, Steve Ross Retractable Roof.

Dale Pitts
Dale Pitts

He didn't learn anything from the marlins scumbag ownership did he ?

Dan Marino
Dan Marino

Rene, Typical Floridian response. It's all corrupt so stay that way. They all steal, why shouldn't I? What the hell kind of thinking i s that?! That is why Detroit is bankrupt, because of attitudes like YOURS! And I am willing to bet most of Florida will say they are religious, so that says a lot for religious phonies as well.

Rene Orovio
Rene Orovio

Don't hate the player, hate the game! If only 3 out of 32 NFL stadiums are privately funded why should he fund his. Know you're facts people! It's a business not a game. Does it suck, yes! Is he an ego maniac for wanting his name on the business school and athletic facility at UofM, yes! Did he do it as slap in the face to the city/state for not giving him the money, probably! But you would do the same thing if you worth 4 billion dollars! The only people you should be mad here is the City of Miami for believing Loria and giving him that money after they already knew he was scumbag. It seems that all us Miami fans do is finding something to bitch about! A few years ago we wanted Ireland's head on a platter but now that he's drafted a couple good picks and picked up some solid free agents we've moved on to Ross again. Guess who's money it is that Ireland is using?! Come on people, open your eyes and see beyond what the media is feeding you! by no means do I like Ross, but I am a realist…business is business and nothing else! Oh, by the way, the new uniforms are fucking awesome!!!

Alex Anico
Alex Anico

Yea and?! You assholes use the stadium and trash it like it's yours. Stop acting like you're entitled to not contribute cause you're a fan.

Dan Marino
Dan Marino

Of course it's his money Peter. But then DON'T go asking for tax money for a PRIVATE organization that does nothing for the public but make us feel good and that is only if the dolphins can a win a game, which seems to be rare.

Dan Marino
Dan Marino

Danny, please pull your nose out of Ross's ass. It's embarrassing to read your post.

Peter Traini
Peter Traini

right or wrong ,it is HIS money ,if he wanna give it to michigan ,thats his choice and noone else,,,think about it ,if you own a business and if you have a chance of local taxpayers to pay,would you do it?? ALOT OF PPL WOULD,,,why pay for something when taxpayers can,NOT SAYING ITS RIGHT OR WRONG

Danny Amores
Danny Amores

Get a clue. Ross has deep connections with his college team. The Dolphins are an investment for him and he has already put millions into the team in his short time here. The Dolphins are not like the Marlins, they have always paid for their own renovations. The one time they ask for some taxpayer dollars to continue improving the stadium, they make Ross out to be Loria. Thats not right and the Dolphins are not moving anywhere.

Danny Aguirre
Danny Aguirre

Fucking guy. Making ppl pay for shit he can afford. Smh

Glenn Ojalvo
Glenn Ojalvo

If NFL history has taught the fans one thing, any team can move and it wouldn't surprise me if what was once thought to be the unthinkable, happens, the Dolphins moved, it's going to happen and with this owner it's know longer in doubt.

Ray Kirkman
Ray Kirkman

Although the man has the right to give his money to whoever, or wherever he wants, don't then go asking the public to have to pay for renovations to "his" stadium. And with the lame ass excuse that the public benefits, so the public needs to pay as well. Who really benefits from that @200 million he just gave away. Keep trying Mr. Ross; but no ones biting that line anymore.

Alex Pappas
Alex Pappas

dolphins and marlins are cursed because they have owners that DGAF. it's no wonder that the more transparent and genuine owners of the nfl and mlb have better teams, fans, and success.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Anywhere else, he'd be in jail iust for applying for public money. but being miami, they have to set the retarted precedent starting with jeffrey lori + county commisioners + hialeans.

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

@Alex Anico  

Us "Assholes" (most would call us customers or patrons) are clients who pay to be there.    You want us to "contribute"?   Take some of that parking and/or ticket money and use it to renovate the dump.    You are an idiot Alex

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