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Manning signing could pay for itself from a business standpoint

Say whatever you wish about Dolphins owner Stephen Ross but someone doesn't become a billionaire without some financial acumen. And in authoring the Dolphins upcoming chase of Peyton Manning, it is clear Ross's financial expertise is at work.

Simply, the addition of Manning would be a boon for the Dolphins coffers. There is no doubt about that.

I would estimate the Dolphins could easily gain 10,000 season ticket customers if they land Manning. I'm basing this on the fact that lesser offseason moves in Miami history have seen a significant spike in season tickets sales and the addition of Manning would make those moves pale by comparison.

For example, sales jumped by approximately 7,000 season tickets in 1996 when Jimmy Johnson replaced Don Shula. Sales increased by almost 8,000 season tickets in 2006 when the Dolphins traded for Daunte Culpepper.

The mountainous addition of Peyton Manning would make either of those other moves seem like a speed bump.

So if you accept that Miami's season ticket sales, lagging the past couple of years, could jump dramatically with a Manning signing all you have to do is some basic math to see where the boon would come.

With the Dolphins average season ticket price at $78.50, an increase of 10,000 tickets sold would add $7.85 million to Miami's season ticket take. Add to that approximately $2 million coming in for extra parking and assuming each customer spends, say, $30 on concessions during each game -- a conservative estimate -- you're adding another $3 million to the gross.

So on tickets, parking and concession Manning could represent perhaps $12-$13 million to Miami's bottom line. That doesn't count merchandise sales, plus any potential playoff game sales.


Now, I'm not saying the Dolphins are going to chase Manning because they want to fill their stadium. Yes, they want to do that, but I am sold on the idea the team wants to win as much as sell tickets. Still, the selling tickets and making more money part would be a welcome outgrowth of such a signing.

And, really, I don't see how any other player addition outside of Robert Griffin III would light up the turnstiles like Manning would. Matt Flynn would not. Ryan Tannehill would not. The Dolphins could add Mario Williams and that wouldn't register like Manning would.

That fact, by the way, will not escape Manning's representation. I continue to stress to you that the much anticipated low-guarantee, incentive laden deal everyone is expecting to land Manning could easily fly out the window if some team gets desperate enough to bid high on Manning. And when you have multiple teams interested, there is definitely a chance of that happening.

But even by conservative estimates, Manning will get $8-$10 million in guaranteed money this year with perhaps another $20 million deferred to 2013 or set up as some sort of option bonus.

Under that reasonable scenario, Manning would more than pay for himself the first year. And that is good business.

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Peyton does finally bring credibility back to the Miami Dolphins franchise. No doubt about that!

you all are a bunch of losers

Think we could quite possibly get all 3 players, Craig M



The day Manning signs as a Dolphin the franchise value will immediately rise by at least $100 million dollars. Believe that!

Everybody wants Wayne, Manning, Saturday. Why don't we try to recruit some old Colts retirees while we're at it? I wonder if Raymond Berry would wanna play!

Btw, have to agree with fyi & petition on this. Home is a mega tool.

of course wayne will follow manning wherver he goes, nobody else wants wayne at this point

The word on the street is that the Redskins will 'aggressively go after Manning'. This has been my thought all along. For the Manning naysayers and those on the fence, you sit on your hands long enough and this guy will be snapped up. So while you're still trying to figure out if this guy has it or whether you want a 36 year old QB, the rest of us will get onside with this idea of bringing one of the best QBs of all time to Miami, for the CHANCE that he's still one of the best. The rest of you will we wondering 'what could have been', while he lighting it up for some other team.


Peyton has more fire in his belly than ever

Expect MVP QB Peyton Manning to steal The Heat in Miami

Go Dolphins!

I like loose anus men.

Manning now on his way to Steven Ross' hellicopter! LOL

craig he will only go to kc or mia. washingtons system is awful and have zero skill guys.

that was not me... note the spelling

we are all the same idiot troll ruining the blog


You're talking CRAP. Take a look at Wayne's numbers from last year. He accomplished that with Curtis Painter and Kerry Collins as his QBs. Those numbers are an instant upgrade from anything we got out of Hartline or Bess last year. Sure glad you're not involved in making any decisions for this FO.

of course wayne will follow manning wherver he goes, nobody else wants wayne at this point

Posted by: dusty bottoms | March 07, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Whoever thinks Miami will bring in Mannings' #1 from Indy to replace the #1, overally sensitive & drama filled Marshall, they are clueless.

And clueless is putting it nicely.

If Manning doesnt sign with Miami and Ireland signs Flynn. Im breaking out the puke bucket!

Manning & Wayne have been playing together for 11 yrs nd hve their own body language and hand signals @ the LOS

Would be great to have all 3 Colts w us in Miami!

Go Phins!

we are all the same idiot troll ruining the blog

Posted by: fyi & petition & capt O & tool | March 07, 2012 at 12:23 PM

this is home


We'll see. I've seen a TON of your predictions come wrong before. 'Skins have a ton of cap room and can add guys like Vincent Jackson or Colston is necessary. They haven't had enough play makers the last couple of years but that can change in a hurry.

Miami Dolphins football tickets WILL be the Hottest in the NFL!

Go Phins!

Home, I"m sending you an extra check for all the hits today.

Thank you,
Your friend, Mando

Home Go F yourself

Don't know if the Manning family wants to deal with two Manning Bowls each season for the next few. Maybe three.

NFL Network went right from Indy LIVE to south Florida

Go Miami!

Where's my boyfriend Timmy?

Oh that;s where i left my dildo in Timmy. Geez!

we are all the same idiot troll ruining the blog

Posted by: fyi & petition & capt O & tool | March 07, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Don't lump me in with these guys. They got you pegged. That don't make me one of em. Fight your own battles without dragging other poeple in!

Brian Billick looks like he has been hitting the bourbon


Captain Obvious,

Who said anything about Wayne REPLACING Marshall? At this stage of his career Wayne is a number two. He won't command a huge contract, will want to play with Manning and would be a GREAT compliment to Marshall. Not suggesting he replace BM.

If the Dolphins sign Manning, the only conclusion could be Ross wants to put money into his pockets and to hell with the fans. Ross by signing Manning will announce to the world the Dolphins want to stay at the lower end of the AFC east. Manning will be 36 yrs old when season begins? OK so Manning throws good for two years, the Dolphins will not make the playoffs, and we are back to square uno. Having to start all over,,,,again. Come on down, Feeley, Culpepper, Pennington, et al.

Home Go F yourself
Posted by: FYI | March 07, 2012 at 12:28 PM

you guessed it, this is home

Here How Manning and Irsay Backroom Talks Went:


"Peyton we would love to bring you back but we would really have to renegotiate your $28 million signing bonus".


Mr Irsay I really appreciate everything the organizations done for me and everything's been great!

However, it's time to move on, and I think I'll be taking my talents to South Beach. In parting, I would just like to express, I wish both you and the entire Indy organization. Lots and lots of "LUCK"!

Who cares how much $$$ Manning will make, he deserves it, and its Ross' money anyway. Believe me it'll be a great investment. We the fans need something like this to happen after a decade of disappointment status post Marino era. And Manning coming to Miami will instantly make every player better for they will want to stay here and will be willing to give it their all when playing time comes. Not to mention we keep all our picks and can go after a monster pass rusher with the #1. I'm tired of hearing where Manning will go-this team or this team. He's Miami bound baby!!!!

I am not Home! I've never met the man. But, I have read many of his posts. Just as I have read many of yours. I have to skip over lots of the garbage that some people write in order to get to something of substance. You know, opinions that are actually backed up by facts. Look into it sometime. No one cares about your sexual orientation, your predilection with your lack of manhood, or your other vulgar slimy comments. It was more entertaining on this blog when people discussed what they had for lunch! Your cries for attention show a mental illness predisposition and I suggest you find a therapist. I'm sorry that your mother didn't breast feed you.

Really Mango? You spent all that time and energy in bashing Manning and telling us he was a bad fit and now you've jumped on the bandwagon the first day he's available? Why do people take you seriously again?

troll bloggers losers

Home right

Mando wrong

Home should get Mando's check.

I pooped my pants

These so called "experts" are talking about how the Jets are the better fit for Manning. "They have a new genius offense coordinator" Little do they know the only thing he's a genius of is kicking field goals!


My sources tell me Peyton Manning's on his cell with former Purdue Boilermaker(Indiana) All-American and 2 sb winning Miami Dolphins qb Bob Griese right now!


I guess you wanted Culpepper over Brees too?


Getting RG3 would do the same, PLUS. And it would last longer.
The only thing that is a guaranteed merchandising/financial-reward failure would be to sign Flynn.

DC Dolfan,
Cards just spent $50 million on Kolb. Im not sure thier cap situation will allow them comfort of a Manning. Even if they bring in Manning and cut Kolb. Cap reverberations could still have an unwanted lingering effect.
Posted by: Yesterday's Gone | March 07, 2012 at 10:41 AM


If they cut Kolb before his option bonus deadline (I believe it is March 17th) then they would owe nothing further to Kolb and would have zero negative impact on their cap. Conversely, if they cut him before his option bonus deadline, they will actually free up cap space.

Home is also correct to note the *laughable* junior varsity conference in which RGIII played. Nobody knows what he can do against real defenses. Until you play against SEC defenses, you have not played against any NFL players. Period. This is a proven fact.
Before you stupid, ignorant, spoiled thug UM people respond, please note the bowl record of the SEC vs everyone else for the past 15 years, and then shut your stupid face.
Posted by: Lord | March 07, 2012 at 11:48 AM


Ummmmm there are tons of great QBs who DIDN'T play in the SEC.

Miami Herald bloggers

Home just got off the phone and has heard MVP QB Peyton Manning WILL be in Miami tonight or first thing in the morning

Go Phins!

Peyton Manning During News Conference:

"I havent thought about where I'll play."


I know where I'll be next year. You'll just have to wait to find out.

WR Wallace probably will be cut from the Dolphins if any other WRs are signed

Most importantly, Miami Dolphins must get Peyton Manning his number 18 jersey from 3rd string WR Wallace


If the Cards cut Kolb, in 3yrs they would be in the same situation as we would be. Except that we have a better and cheaper heir apparent waiting in the wings named Matt Moore.

I think signing Manning and dumping Kolb puts them in a much worse longterm situation at the qb position than us.

I said it a long time ago Manning and Wayne to Miami

YG - Personally, I would tend to agree. But that's not stopping the rumor mill down here in the South West U.S. Fitzgerald has been very outspoken in this RE and both the GM and owner have stated that they would find such an opportunity to be very "intriguing." I wouldn't count them out at all.

Just go to any AZ Cardinals blog....it's Manning mania just like it is here.

I think you guys are moving to fast with the Wayne talk. Heck, Peyton isnt even a lock yet.

"IF" Peyton comes to Miami, I still think it takes a huge "home town" discount to bring Wayne to Miami.

So we are going to lease Manning for a couple of years and hopefully we get further into the playoffs before getting knocked out again.
It is amazing how many fans would rather mortgage this season with the hopes that surgically repaired Manning can fix what is broken with the Dolphins.
The Dolphins problems start with the ownership, he is another Dan Snyder just because he made a ton of money elsewhere does not mean he knows diddly.
I am just as frustrated a fan as anyone else, my wifes whole family are from Boston so thdy are all Patriots fans and i gotten grief every year since Brady started playing. Look at Detroit they went through a worse time than Miami but they stuck to their guns and never mortgaged the farm to build a winner. And now they are better than the Dolphins and are building a dynasty.
Draft a QB, let Moore & Henne run the show till the time is right continue to build the foundation for a strong team.


Anything's possibgle, including the Cards. However, IMO, NFC teams as a Peyton destination could possibly be ruled out. It places Peyton on direct collision course with brother ELi. Im not sure Peyton wants this, but if he signs with afc team is unvoidable if it becomes a sb matchup.

This also why I like our chances of getting Peyton far better than the Redskins. Peyton knows by going to the Redskins(Nfc East). It places him on direct collision course with Eli and both brother could deny the other a sb trip. This would also be heart wrenching for father Archie.

I dont think Peyton would wanna put Eli, himself, nor his father(Archie) through these heart wrenching experiences. Because of this there's a far better chance of Peyton signing with an Afc team over a Nfc team.

i second that craig

lets hope manning signs somewhere else soon so we can get back on this griffin train

Just stop the RG3 talk until this man is signed somewhere, is all I ask. He is our third option. Our pick is at number eight, not near as much value as the browns number four. Anything coming from their camp saying they aren't going to trade both of their number one picks is merely a smokescreen. If things work out for the browns, then they might not even have to trade up at all. Ireland, you need to sign this guy. Just grow a pair, don't take no for an answer, or any competition from any other team. Peyton manning, more importantly than being a great quarterback, will give us time to build a better younger team throughout the weaker positions in our roster. If we compound his signing with a nice draft than watch out.

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