NFL on Miami's Latest Super Bowl Bid: Thanks, but No Thanks
Earlier this morning news broke that the Miami Dolphins officially submitted a proposal to bid for Super Bowl 52 in 2018. It only took a few hours for the NFL to say, "Listen, we really appreciate your interest, but we're looking to go in another direction."
Miami was shut out. Only Indianapolis, New Orleans, and Minneapolis have been invited to bid for the game by the league.
Miami was a finalist to host both the 2016 and 2017 edition of the big game but lost both to San Francisco and Houston respectively.
For the past few years the NFL has warned South Florida that upgrades would need to be made to the 26-year-old Sun Life Stadium if the area were to ever host another Super Bowl again. Roger Goodell reiterated that with last year's snub, and it appears the league isn't even going to entertain Miami's proposal this time around.
Owner Stephen Ross was seeking public money to split a $400 million renovation of the not-quite-aging stadium, but that plan was shut down in the state legislature earlier this year with out so much as a vote on the matter.
Ross has indicated he's still working on a plan to get public funds to upgrade the stadium, but so far has not presented a new plan.
Miami has hosted 10 Super Bowls, tied with New Orleans for the most (and not one time did the lights go out in our stadium, fancy renovations or not, by the way).