Dolphins Abandon Tax Breaks in Favor of Event Fees

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The Miami Dolphins have abandoned their plan to hand over ownership of Sun Life Stadium to the county in exchange for tax breaks in favor of a new compromise that would see the county offering incentive payments to the team for every major event booked in the stadium.

See also: Report: Stephen Ross Will Pay for Sun Life Stadium Renovations Himself

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has spent the past few years trying to find funds to renovate the aging stadium. After a proposal to use public money died in the state legislature, Ross discussed the possibility of handing over ownership with county mayor Carlos Gimenez. The problem: the Dolphins are the single largest tax payers in Miami Gardens and also kick in about $1 million a year in taxes to the school board. Neither Miami Gardens or the school board were particularly keen on the plan.

According to the Miami Herald, Gimenez and Ross are now discussing a plan that would see the county kicking in essentially what would be event finder fees to the Dolphins.

"It's kind of similar to what we do when we try to bring companies," Gimenez told the Herald. "You perform, you get something."

The exact amount of the payments are not known, but the county would kick in if the stadium lured Super Bowls, World Cup games, other large international soccer games and college football championship and playoff games. The team is also eager to add large concerts to the list.

News of the deal comes one day after the NFL awarded the 2018 Super Bowl to Minneapolis. NFL officials have made it pretty clear that Miami will not host another Super Bowl until stadium renovations are complete.

Though, there might also be another layer: the University of Miami Hurricanes. The college team is currently locked into a lengthy lease with Sun Life, though there's long been rumors that the school is entertaining the possibility of playing in David Beckham's proposed MLS soccer stadium.

Gimenez tells the paper he asked the Dolphins point blank what it would take to get the Hurricanes out of that lease. Of course, Beckham's stadium would have to be built with a larger capacity and additional facilities if it were to also host the Hurricanes.

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11 comments
David Castaneda
David Castaneda

It's embarrassing the condition of that stadium! Decided not to renew my tickets.. While others cities are improving their stadiums the #MiamiDolphins just sit on their ass collecting $$$

Vince Witty
Vince Witty

I hope to god the canes dump this loser and get on board with beckham

pipoenespanol
pipoenespanol

fock'em all, the dolphins and their sorry ass, the damn, UofM and all of their bullshit....tear down the damn stadium, sell the franchise, Miami doesn't deserve an NFL franchise, no one here really gives a flying fuck unless they are winning. For the last 5 years attendance at Sunlife for Dolphin games has been on a STEEP DECLINE! Cut the shit....either go all-balls-in, or get the fuck out of Dade County with your crying ass and your loosing franchise riddled with scandal.


Stick a Sedanos in there with a Cuban bakery on one side, a coin laudromat, a hand-car wash, a car audio/tints place and BIG ASS liquor store on the other corner, perfect for that area, y pa'la pinga

Michael Hutchins
Michael Hutchins

They should move the youth fair to the stadium and let FIU have the land they need to expand. Work something out with Conklin there's got to be some dollars in that....what goes on at Joe Robbie in March now?

rey0
rey0

The guy is a fuckn billionaire , wtf is wrong with him ?  If I had that kind of money I would have put in my own damn money !

Anthony Fuda
Anthony Fuda

Hell yea!!! The man is paying for the renovation himeself!!

DrumRollPlease
DrumRollPlease

 Sell the stadium before it ends up like the Pontiac Silverdome and they are forced to auction off the seats and soda machines. 

FatHand
FatHand

"Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has spent the past few years trying to find funds to renovate the aging stadium." could be re-written "Multi-billionaire Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has spent the past few years trying to fleece the poor and pilfer funds to renovate his own aging stadium."

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