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Mike Dee takes on Norman Braman head on

The Dolphins have been negotiating with Miami-Dade County in an effort to get $389 million worth of upgrades to Sun Life Stadium. The club is paying for 57 percent of the deal out of its own private funds and offering to refund $120 million to Miami-Dade County within 30 years, meaning it will give back the county's $120 million public investment that it is getting from a tourist tax.

But while this has played out, the club has fought an unseen battle with local car magnate and former Philadelphia Eagles owner Norman Braman.

Braman has for some reason become the very vocal voice of the opposition. He has also been a major funding source for those opposed to any public funding for upgrading Sun Life.

Why is uncertain. But this much is certain:

The Dolphins don't like it much. The club has been simmering privately about Braman's lobbying of politicians against their efforts and public stance against the team in the media.

Those private sentiments leaked into public Tuesday evening when Dolphins Chief Executive Officer Mike Dee took to twitter and went after Braman.

"With the offer that is now on the table, Norman Braman is frankly irrelevant to this conversation," Dee tweeted.

"When he agrees to repay the public money he accepted for his dealership, we will be happy to acknowledge his otherwise hypocritical stance," he added.

The team says that Braman, who opposes public funding of private ventures, took public money for one of his car dealerships. That is something I will be looking into the next few days.

Finally, Dee believes that whatever Braman says, the final say belongs to voters.

"Thanks for the positive replies," Dee said on twitter. "The voters of Miami Dade County should make this decision not Norman Braman."

Yup, it's on now.

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Braman is a very rich, very crooked person. I'll take the devils opinion before I'd take his.

Politics is for scumbags.

Or is it full of scumbags?

I forget which....

bobby get a clue, freeney is a 3-4 guy. we have no use for him.

Braman is simply jealous Ross has stolen his Mr. South Florida spotlight. I'd buy a car from Iran before I'd enter one of his crooked dealerships.

Ross can easily pay to improve his own property. Why all this silliness?

Norman is shady.

I love it. Let the hypocrit have it Mike Dee. Braman is probably paying these multi-name trolls that are here to bad mouth the team.

Speaking of trolls, the blog sure is pleasant without dashe in your mouth, odin monkey bwaaah, and the candians around.

The only leverage Ross has is that he can move the team because the stadium is empty on gameday.
In order for him to have that leverage the team needs to suck every year.
Is Ireland's job security starting to make sense now?

At issue is depreciation. Ross can depreciate the upgraded stadium over 25 years. That probably equals an EXTRA $10-20mil/yr in personal income.

NO HANDOUTS FOR THE 4.4 BILLION DOLLAR MAN. HE CAN FIX IS OWN STADIUM. BRAMAN WAS RIGHT ABOUT THE MARLINS AND HE'S RIGHT ABOUT ROSS. NO WELFARE FOR BILLIONAIRES.

summer breeze you forgot yesterdays flip flopper gone on your list

Mando,
Long time yo.
How about some trade scenarios:
How about our bottom 4 picks for a LT?
How about a 3+4+5 for a CB?

Increased taxes are needed for schools, police, and fire depts, not for football teams.

4 consecutive losing seasons is a horrible time to ask for welfare.

Get Sense,
If there are 3 things needed here then police, fire and schools are top .
Close behind is drug rehab.

Ross can afford to do repairs himself. He gets the benefit anyway.

After the Marlins fiasco how dumb does Ross think we are?

Ross can get one of his celebrity owner friends to pay. He's such a cheap SOB he wont pay for good players, a real GM, or to fix his own business. He's a nightmare as our owner.

After the Marlins fiasco how dumb does Ross think we are? - mike

How dumb does he think we are?
Let's see: grafitti, litter, noise, violence, illiteracy, stank, desperation, junk, crack, heat and humidity. And Hurricanes.
No one is as smart as we are.

You know what, don't know how crooked Norman Bramab may be but what the F is all this S where mega-millionaires plead for public funds for stadiums? Not sayin' Ross is Loria but enough is enough. This city has more highways under perpetual construction than I care to count and when all the dust settles, we still have gridlock. Why do we get duped out of public funds for anything else than to benefit the public? This city screams for public transportation yet gets nothing and what we do have is substandard by all counts.
Oh, and by the way, the new Dolphins logo looks like it belongs on a box of feminine napkins. Geez.

ROSS SAVE THE DOLPHINS. SELL THE TEAM!

More importantly Armando Salguero has confirmed the Internet leak last week is in fact the new logo. The M on the helmet will be removed and the face masks will be all white.

I think you're dumb as a stump and so do your parents.

Article on new logo.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/26/3308215/armando-salguero-buzz-rises-over.html


NO HANDOUTS FOR THE 4.4 BILLION DOLLAR MAN. HE CAN FIX IS OWN STADIUM. BRAMAN WAS RIGHT ABOUT THE MARLINS AND HE'S RIGHT ABOUT ROSS. NO WELFARE FOR BILLIONAIRES.

Posted by: VOTE NO | March 26, 2013 at 09:46 PM

THIS AD WAS BROUGHT YOU BY NORMAN BRAMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously how do you people think rich people get rich? They dont give their money away and seek deals that make money from money. In the end a renvoation that brings a few superbowls will infuse more money into the tax base area where the stadium is vs not having any super bowls. So in a sense the direct revenue potential for the stadium from a sb is fairly fixed whereas the monetary infusion to the area is relatively uncapped. the area would generate more tax income than they would loae splitting costs with Ross. In the end if you ask him to pay fie the whole thing he is then providing defacto welfare to local businesses and there is no incentive in that. The split deal benefits everyone.....duh...economics

No one goes to Dolphin games anymore so who cares? The stadium is empty except for the Jets and Pats games.

Norman Braman is a hypocrite and an idiot. If I had to guess 9 out of 10 people on this blog don't even live in Florida, much less Dade County. They just spouting off nonsense. The vast majority of business owners down here will be voting for this Referendum. Ross has guaranteed if they don't get 4 or 5 Superbowls in the next 3 decades, the Dolphins will pay the money back. He also guaranteed the Dolphins will be here till 2045. This is a no brainier for the South Florida economy and nothing like the Marlins deal.

A SB would give Ross a BILLION DOLLAR PROFIT! So he WILL pay for it himself.

Bobbyd12,

Armando says the Dolphins will go with white facemasks for the first time in team history. Yet I sit here now, looking at my 1972 autographed Griese(Afc championship, Steelers Dolphins). Lo and behold, Bob Griese s wearing a white facemask.

In the 1972 afc championship game the Dolphins are in all white with "white facemask". Im not making this sht up. The picture's hanging right on my wall.

Ross has a lot of nerve asking for handouts after 4 losing seasons in a row. And also after the Marlins.

YG, LOL!! I believe you. Armando sometimes jumps the gun I think. I would have rather him put that article on the blog then this one about Braman. Would have been more interesting then talking about this hypocrite.

Norman Braman is a hypocrite and an idiot.

Posted by: Bobbyd12 | March 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM


As they say, it takes one to know one.

Out of town fan but do local fans ever want another superbowl in miami? I see your nodding your collective heads yes so give ross yer vote and improve the stadium. The money is getting paid back and you act like you dont jack up your prices with the sole intention of ripping tourists.Superbowl 50 is on the line.50. Thats big.Maybe this Braman guy should be asked why miami doesnt deserve the influx of money a SB would bring in by wait for it.... Tourists.The deal starts to pay for itself almost immediately.

All of you people complaining are morons! Every other NFL team receives public funds for stadium improvements whether it's owned by the city, state, team, or a private company. Why would Ross be the only person in the NFL stupid enough to pay for it himself? He didn't get 4 billion dollars by making dumb decisions. He'd be better off moving the team. And speaking of who would pay for it. It won't be you. It will be all of the tourists. It's a bed tax on hotel rooms. And a good number of those tourists come to Miami to see the Dolphins play or to be here for Super Bowl week. And the Main reason to do this is to keep in the SB rotation which brings millions of dollars to the local economy each time. What a bunch of morons!!

I don't understand anything about why People fight so much for $. After all, is only money. GN

Posted by: Bobbyd12 | March 26, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Im sure it will be Armando's next blog topic. However, I felt it a very interesting bit of news that Braham received public assistance to open a damn car dealership.

I wonder if Brahman at least has a public restroom there, seeing how that dealership is publically funded. I wonder who the hell was responsible for that gaff? After an intensive inquiry, heads have to roll after that one.

Public funds for a private car dealership. Someone has got to be fking kidding us! LOL...

Sammo and Shane, agree with you 100%. The biggest negative is the Marlins really messed this up. If Loria didn't steal the taxpayers money and make the Marlins a AAA team again, this would be a slam dunk. Loria really stuck it to Miami.

In other news,

The new logo is an eye sore. It's hideous. It looks like Sea Worlds new logo instead of a football teams logo. Remember all that BS about the Dolphins sitting down with groups of fans to get input on the new logo? Well, obviously that wasn't true. Haven't found anyone that likes this logo. Ill still be a fan, but they can kiss my assets if they think ill ever buy anything with that on it.

blim, go lick your moms herpes infested pussie....

Posted by: bobbyd12 | March 08, 2013 at 09:08 PM

YG, I didn't know Braman takes public money for his car dealership. I'm nor surprised though, he really is a hypocrite.

Well goodnight to all the REAL posters who talk football. And goodnight to my little cowardly stalker, give a big hug and kiss to your Hello Kitty Doll. LMAO!!

The Miami Marlins finished dead last in the National League East in 2012. So after spending all of the money in fa, plus the taxpayers money on the new stadium. The jury's still out with me as to whether Luria "stole" taxpayers money.

We did not build the new stadium to hold a "high-priced" low-performance team that finished last placed. You never see it mentioned the 2012 Marlins also finished last place in the National League East. Only Jeffrey Luria stole the taxpayers money.

Did we need to see that over-priced under-performing team finish last place once again before seeing Luria may have done the right thing?


In other news,

The new logo is an eye sore. It's hideous. It looks like Sea Worlds new logo instead of a football teams logo.

Posted by: jon | March 26, 2013 at 10:36 PM

I AGREE 100% WITH THIS POSTER. ROTFLMAO................

HELL, IF THATS THE NEW LOGO, THEN WE HAVE JUST BECOME THE MIAMI WHALES!

Unfortunately (or fortunately it seems) I've not had the dubious pleasure of glimpsing the new logo.
Where might I feast my eyes on what must be an uncommonly awesome display of nautical art?
In other words, where the frick can I see a pix of the hideous new logo?
Many thanks in advance.
Lets get a CB, PUH-LEASE.

It's laughable,

Who's buying anything with this logo on it? If it had the curve and the helmet, I could live with it. Whoever approved this never took a business class and learned about brand recognition. There is nothing that says football or Miami, and you could make the case that there's nothing that says Dolphins either since it looks like a whale. God these people are stupid.

ARMANDO,

YOU SAY FOR THE 1ST TIME DOLPHINS WILL WEAR WHITE FACEMASKS. PLEASE GOOGLE 1972 MIAMI DOLPHINS PHOTOS. THE SEARCH RESULT PAGE ALONE WILL HAVE YOU RECANT THIS.

IM SURE IT WAS A SLIGHT ON YOUR BEHALF TO SAY THIS ON YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT.

OSCAR and ODIN will be the 1st to try Ninteno's new Super Pii Pii game.
Keep I mind, you will get slapped if you can't aim.
Coming soon to a stadium near you.

What has Ross done to deserve a handout?

Lose every year?

Posted by: IMAWriter | March 26, 2013 at 10:48 PM

http://news.sportslogos.net/2013/03/22/new-miami-dolphins-logo-is-legit-source/miami-dolphins-logo-leaked/

This is exactly where Armando himself got it from.

Thanks YG.

Yow, the Miami Mer-whales. Now, our players are free to display their feminine side.

Well, at least they've finally taken that silly helmet off of the fish. A fish wearing a football helmet is quite cartoonish and childish.

Looks like the Dolphins have finally "grownup"!

I cannot blame Miami for being hesitant. Look at the stunt that Loria pulled with the Marlins. He got his stadium and then laughed all the way to the bank. He is now fielding a AAA team and probably the worst team in baseball.

Voters may punish the fins because of the Marlins. The Marlins duped the Miami politicians and its citizens. This would not have happened if Loria had kept his word of fielding a competitive team.

Orlando,

Luria tried to keep the promise of fielding a competitive team. Had one of the highest payrolls in 2012 and the Marlins finished dead last.

So why continue being the paid piece of crap last placed roster in the league? Check the 2012 MLB standings for yourself. I really couldn't blame Luria for the fire sale. It isn't like we won the World Series with this roster last season. We finished dead last.

"highest paid"

Though I've been out of Mimi for over 3o years, didn't this same thing happen right after they won a World Series?

If the marlins finished 2013 3rd place or better, the egg will be on Luria's critics faces, not his.

Marlon Moore signs with San Francisco 49ers.

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