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Important questions: Check my column and this blog

I spent 30 minutes on the phone with the Dolphins Monday and the topic was the now-dead stadium renovation bill.

After that and several other conversations with NFL people, I wrote this column on the topic in today's Miami Herald. It addresses whether the Dolphins will be moving any time soon and whether they'll move eventually. I explain the circumstances and the historical precendent for such a move.

I also ask the question why kill an election? What are the politicians and opponents of the renovations afraid of? Check out the column.

Other questions were left out of the column. Here are some of those questions and answers from Dolphins CEO Mike Dee:

Q: What is the Dolphins reaction to Florida Speaker Will Weatherford refusing to pick up your bill Friday and instead killing it by ending the legislative session?

Dee: "We believed based upon the word of the speaker who told us on four occasions the process would not kill this legislation that if there were votes to move it, it would be allowed to move through the process and ultimately be heard on the floor, so our first reaction was disappointment and shock. How could he have decided his vote in not moving this forward could count more than the collective votes of the legislature. We knew we had the necessary number of votes required to pass it, not to mention the 60,000 votes that had already been cast in Miami-Dade County. Speaker Weatherford decided his vote was the one that mattered and that he wasn’t going to allow the bill to be heard.

"And his comment that there needed to be more discussion or more information, I mean, we’d done everything he asked along the way. We were shocked.

“We relied on the word of the speaker of the house of the state of Florida and he didn’t deliver on his word. If this process had ended with the voters of Miami-Dade County saying this isn’t for us, if this process had ended at the beginning of the session with the Speaker of the House or the Governor or anybody saying this isn’t going to happen, that would have been one way for it to come to an end and we would have had to accept that.

“But when you’re committed to take it to the voters to make the final decision and the guy gives you his word that your bill will be heard and at the end of the day he doesn’t deliver on his word, that’s extremely disappointing.”

Q: To be fair, Weatherford tweeted that your contention that he gave you any assurance is, “untrue.”

Dee: “What reason would we have to take this position? We were assured by him, and by the way, there were people in the room at various points of these four meetings outside of the Dolphins organization and those we pay to help us who heard it as well. I’m sure he’s going to say what he has to say and I can’t tell you what he said to other people, but I can tell you what he said to us. And what he said to us was your bill will be heard. The process will not kill your bill. I can’t deliver votes. But your bill will be heard.”

Q: What is Plan B?

Dee: “Stay the course. There is no Plan B that includes a modernization or investment in the facility. We’ll get back to the business of working hard on the 2013 season and hopefully seeing a turn-around that those on the football side of the organization are working hard on and a team we can be excited about.”

Q: Why doesn't Stephen Ross pay for the project himself?

Dee:  “I think his commitment to this organization already stretches beyond what anyone else has done anywhere else with any sports franchise in North America. In terms of the stadium and team being able to do it, there’s no structure that provides for that and I don’t think there’s any intention to invest from the outside either with equity or limited partners or any other plan that might be contemplated."

Q: Speaker Weatherford will remain in his position next session. Will you go back next year and start the process again?

Dee: “It's too early for us to make that decision at this moment in time.

“I thought this was the moment in time that a non-relocation part of this agreement was an important element of it. Now the future is uncertain beyond Steve’s tenure. Steve has said he has no intention of moving the team time and time again. I believe he stands by that today. But at some point you’re going to have facility tht will pass its 30th birthday without a full-scale modernization because of what Will Weatherford did. And you have to look and see what options are out there for a long-term stadium fix. There’s no Plan B, so I can’t come up with any today.”

Q: Wasn't Weatherford previously considered an ally by the Dolphins? 

Dee: "Absolutely. He had been speaker designate two years ago when we had worked with legislators in Tallahassee at that time. And at that time he was one of the only guys in senior leadership who was completely straight up with me about the prospects we faced at that time. I found him at that moment in time to be a transparent and forthcoming guy. I’ve known him for three years. I’ve seen him between then and know and he was always engaged on our issue, always engaged on the importance of Super Bowls and big events for our economy. 

"He told us again on four occasions that the bill would be heard and we took him at his word. Unfortunately, he didn’t deliver.

Q: Could you have done more to make this process work?

Dee: "We opened our books to the county's independent experts. We offered to repay $120 million of the public funds committed. We took on cost overruns. We removed financing risks that insulated the county from the tourist bubble bursting and we paid for the referendum.

“I don’t know if there’s one thing people asked us to do that we didn’t do.

“It's hard to imagine that we could have done any more than we did this session to align with the requests that were made by Speaker Weatherford and others to make this legislation work. The form of the partnership that was created with Miami-Dade County, the commitments around Super Bowls and big events, the criteria that was laid out by governor Scott that we met with respect to the state’s part of this investment, the endorsement of the hotel association and the major hotels, the Greater Miami Chamber, the numerous organization that were supportive of this.

"I don’t know what could happen that would cause the Speaker to see this differently, but I’m not optimistic irrespective of what may be taking place on the airwaves that he could see it differently. I think he made his choice and we’re going to have to live by it. Unfortunately, he’s going to have to live by it too because it has a long-lasting impact on the future of these kinds of events coming to South Florida."

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Ross didnt want to pay cause he's greedy and cheap.

Yea....to many people on welfare...now business are abusing tax payers money...nowsorts teams wantinf free handouts..how bout the state lends ross the money and he repays tax payers like general motors did..with interest of course...stop all the free handouts..goverments a complete wreck....goverments got a big addiction to overspending today....

Has Dashi Ever Made Fun Of The Less Fortunate?

Keep Spewing Your Ignorance.

Posted by: Dashi | May 07, 2013 at 04:55 PM


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Well as a matter of fact, many times. One example would be you putting down a blogger saying he probably drives and old read Honda.

Your problem is you are guilty of everything you criticize in others but can't see it, or won't see it.

Ross got a lesson....never ever trust a dirty polititian......democrat or republicans...

I'm not down on 'out of towners' at all. BTW, 'out of towners' is a little inaccurate. Although I was born in Miami and raised in Perine (that's a few miles south of South Miami) I myself live up the coast 2 hours.

Anyway, you're in the loop as far as what's going on as most of us 'in towners' thanks to the internet.

But what you don't understand (poor attendance) is, driving two hours there AND driving two hours home after losing game after game.....seeing the high hopes you had in the spring dashed year after year starts getting to you.

It got to the stage a few years ago, I was picking the games (except the jets game) I would go to based on if I hought we could win. Now that's bad. I'm just speaking for me but I'm sure there's many others who hate losing.

Los angelas already lost the rams and raiders....why give them another states team? Award them a brand new franchise team of their own..name em da los angels desperados......lol

Heck...jaguars not leaving town...why should dolphins


No way that ever happens...ross would be hated in florida forever..

Heck...i drive over 4 hours to a dolphins game...that ride homes draining as you said...daytona beach is a drive for a game...but i go to at least two a year...been a phins fan since 1973...bucs and jags closer to me but i'm loyal lifer phins fan...this teams staying put in south florida...id loose it if dolphins ever left...be unforgiving..

Players today and owners, gm's dont seem to have strong loyaltys to fans anymore...makes you to only wanna watch college football...greedyness has hijacked the nfl..heart breaking..

I second that marco, no loyalty at all in any pro sports!

Sorry Marko*

It Was The Owner Of The Dolphins.

Not The Public.

Same Difference Moron.

Enough negativity....dolphins looking very good for this upcoming season..mike walla e.....wr gibson better be electric also....im betting we see an even better hartline.

Dashi how long you been a fan? You didnt like Dansby.... What do u think we should do with his money on the first?

Genius,

You Are Bringing Up 1 Comment Months Ago. Probably About A Year By Now.

And My Point Was Why Drive A Japanese Car When You Can Drive An American Car.

That You Drive An Old Honda. And Dashi Drives A Cadillac. Was The Original Statement.

We Were Discussing The Auto Bailout. When Dashi Made That Statement. I Was Pointing Out Why Are You Complaining When You Are Buying Japanese Cars. Instead Of Helping The Economy By Buying Made In The USA. Even If It Is A Ford. Dashi Made Fun Of Ford Also. Not Just Old Hondas. Why Keep An Old Car, When You Can Get A New One To Help The Economy.

I Don't Need To Cut And Paste.

Dashi Has A Good Memory Card.

Twist The Words How You Want. I Know What I Said.

And Yet, For The Past Year. You Keep Saying Dashi Is Poor And A Drunk. And Unemployed. Regurgitating The Same Thing Over and Over.

I Said One Comment, About A Year Ago. You Said So Yourself. How Many Times Today You Said Dashi Was A Poor Freeloader?

How Many Times Do You Get On Your Little Soap Box And Ramble On About Dashi?

Everyday!

So Take It Easy Cumrag.

Thank goodness Weatherford, Braman, and Broward County had enough sense not to be conned by Ross.

Fact is though, Toyota probably employees more US citizens than Ford or Chevy. More Toyotas are probably made in the US than Ford or Chevy. I say probably because, I don't have stats.

Gibson is gonna have to prove himself worthy of getting rid of chain moving Bess... Now thats the one guy i was sad to see leave.

@5:51,

Good Question.

Dashi Believes We Should Take That Money And Start Resigning Who We Are Going To Keep. R. Jones And 1 DT. Preferably Starks.

Or Save It Til Next Offseason. Which Is What Ireland Will Probably Do. He Isn't Known To Give Extensions.

If We Spend On 1 More Free Agent. Dashi Is With The Consensus. Sign J. Abraham.

Even Though I'm Pretty Happy With How The Fins Roster Looks. Can't Wait Til Preseason.

This Is The Most Excited I've Been For A Dolphin Season In A While.

WINNING SOLVES EVERYTHING. Even getting a stadium renovated.

Dashi = Board Moron LOL!!!!!!

Dashi
I think we should get another Ss or Fs after june 1st, do you know how much we would get back from cutting Dansby?

I bet the Heat can get 3 stadiums built.

Heard that Jack, win games and the people will come.... Even tho my Phin phans in WV would be there every week to support if it wasnt a 16 hour trip.

Bandaid,

Agreed. You Probably Are Right. My Point Is Still Buy American.

KIA's Are Built In Alabama. And Some BMW Models Are Built In North Carolina.

I'm A Chevy Boy. So GM Reigns Supreme In My Heart. You Heard What They Are Going To Do. They Are Taking $16+B And Building New Factories And Some Other Stuff.

They Are Also Allegedly Stopping Production In China. But Still Exporting To China.

Maybe if the Dolphins had a winning team, they would be able to sell tickets and make money to pay for the stadium upgrades. Enough with taxpayers paying for private businesses. Make the Dolphins pay for it or sell the team! It's not the taxpayers problem that Ross can't run a business

Yet another attempt to use PUBLIC money for PRIVATE profit. We need to put an end to this at ALL levels, NOW!

The Heat Got 2 Arenas Built Without Ever Winning A Title.

And N. Arison Has More Money Than S. Ross.

Yet Nobody Complained.

F Ross!

If the fins want funding for a stadium improvements. Go to a bank. The taxpayers are tapped out. And the only reason the speaker denied the floor vote was. He knows the poll numbers for the G.O.P. are somewhere just below whale dung and he was trying to appease the voters.



Have a nice day.

You know how much the Heat spent (after threatening to relocate to Broward) on their downtown arena?

Nothing.

Completely, 100% taxpayer funded.

The Dolphins were seeking a one percent tax on hotel rooms in mainland Dade County that wouldn't have cost the overwhelming majority of taxpayers in Dade a PENNY.

They were willing to fund upwards of 70% of the cost themselves.

And they were willing to agree to legally binding agreements to REBATE much of the money to the county if a certain number of Super Bowls over a 30 year span were not awarded.

Yet they're the "bad guys."

Bizarro World.

Troll one day you will die, and no one will care.

Man I would love to get R. Jones more help, but your right our team is shaping up to be a great one. I finally have my New England and Bills fans thinking that the East is ours!!!! I cant wait till the Cleveland game!!! Our future started last year with THill, the fruit of our faithfulness starts in Cleveland!!!

If the fins want funding for a stadium improvements. Go to a bank. The taxpayers are tapped out.

Posted by: Joseph | May 07, 2013 at 06:23 PM

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So, Joseph, can I then assume you either live in a hotel room in mainland Dade County or regularly stay in one?

Because otherwise, the Dolphins weren't asking you or any other taxpayer for a penny.

How in the world does Ross deserve anything after losing EVERY season? He sux.

I Don't See A Quality Safety Available.

If We Do It Is For Depth.

I Will Let The Jones And Clemons Duo Play Out.

They Both Had 90+ Tackles. Way To Much For Safeties.

Hopefully, With Better Coverage LBs The Safeties Can Be Allowed To Make More Impact Plays. Get More INTs. Or Go After The Fumble Cause The LB Already Has A Player Wrapped Up.

And Having Better CBs That Understand Coverages Must Also Help.

And The New Improved Pass Rush.

Can't Wait. Ireland Upgraded Both Sides Of The Ball This Offseason.

I read elsewhere that Weatherford (and his fellow Republicans) didn't have a choice but to kill the stadium deal.

They couldn't afford to look like they were providing welfare for the rich when they're currently trying to kill Obamacare that will benefit millions.

Personal taxation rates in this country have not been as LOW as they are right now since the Truman Administration over 60 years ago.

Yet, these nitwits go on and on about being "soaked" by taxes.

The level of complete ignorance in this country is staggering.

Why should China even break a sweat worrying about becoming the new economic colossus? We'll do the job for them by drowning in our own stupidity.

DashIdio, it was only a few months ago.

Now one of the many many things you don't know is many hondas are made in america, and most american cars use more foreign parts than a honda does.

In fact, Hondas are far more American than Ford or GM, and they are better made. You can't blame Americans for liking quality.

From Wikipedia:

"As of July 2010, 89 percent of Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the United States were built in North American plants, up from 82.2 percent a year earlier."


DashIdiot knows so little of what she thinks she knows.

To all you against the Stadium rebuild.... Be happy yall have a team to support... Taxpayer money or not i would give my share to see the Best Franchise in football to ME build something for my COMMUNITY! Ill trade places with ya and help pay just like in Green Bay.

Hey, remember when Ross tried to hire a head coach before he fired his head coach? lol

Facts, you are 100% correct sir. Well said!

Hey, remember when Ross said Chad Henne was the 2nd coming of Dan Marino? lol

YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO JOIN ME FOR AN EVENING OF MAI TAI'S AND EROTIC POETRY.

Hey, remember when Ross honored our opponent Tim Tebow. And Tebow won the game with Tebow supporters filling the stands and rooting against us? On our home field. lol

Yeah, much better if Ross would just come out and say "well, I really have no faith in our players and fully expect a losing season."

Because, you know, that's just what owners do...right?

Some of you guys seriously need to acquire any semblance of a brain.

I read elsewhere that Weatherford (and his fellow Republicans) didn't have a choice but to kill the stadium deal.

They couldn't afford to look like they were providing welfare for the rich when they're currently trying to kill Obamacare that will benefit millions.

Posted by: NPA | May 07, 2013 at 06:34 PM
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That's was state senator Oscar Braynon...the one who sponsored it to the senate...explained his take on what he thought happened. The reason why I know is I saw it in the SS....yeah, I know I was slumming. LOL

Miami will always have a football team.

Any of the other teams that are threatening to leave their city will be more than happy to move to Miami Ross or whomever he sell the team to decide to move the franchise.

Will it be the Miami Chargers, Miami Jaguars, Cardinals, etc.?

Hopefully Miami can keep the Dolphins name like the Browns did after Modell moved to Baltimore.

I will be displaying my squirrels later.

Does the NFL have bylaws that don't allow the team owners to go public and sell shares in the stock market?

This could solve a lot of the funding for stadiums.

Could it be that they feel that "parity" would be lost if the rich got richer?

The shitty teams might have to remain privately held because their stock would be worthless.

Does the NFL have bylaws that don't allow the team owners to go public and sell shares in the stock market?


Posted by: NPA | May 07, 2013 at 07:07 PM


This would greatly corrupt the system beyond belief. Insider trading would reek havoc on pro teams. They would game the situation and create a mafia control over which teams would prosper. Then they'd further increase their odds in Vegas.

If it every happened, it would make the NFL more phony than wrestling.

It is wreak, Attorney. When is Armando going to ban YG from here?

typical of dashe to always back track and weasel out of his words. always pointing the finger at others where he himself fails, but evades this reality by trying to rewrite what we all remember well. he is like a little kid trying to hide vegetables he doesn't want under his plate.

I feel sorry for Ross losing the non-refundable $3.4 million.

Weatherford could have saved him the money by being "up-front" and simply telling Ross and Dee to wait till next year.

Weatherford is from Pasco which is more Bucs country. On the college level it's mainly Gator country. So if there was going to be any "bacon" to give out it would be for those two teams.

Pompous YG was never very good at spelling. Maybe that is because he never honors his own words.

Ross honored a Gator on the Canes home field alienating thousands of Canes fans as long as he owns the team.

Polititians...why the heck would ross trust any polititian? Dummie...play with fire you get burned....never trust any polititians...democrats or republicans!

for me it will always be the Miami Dolphins, not sure how I would feel if they were in another city, as far as the fans go, they would show more support , I think for a winning team and that has been the problem and i live about 1500 miles fro Miami but usually make it to one game a year.

This whole stadium thing is a smoke screen to cover up for the lack of a quality QB on this team.
Tannehill is a cool guy but he is not an elite, franchise QB in the mold of Romo, Ryan, Rivers, Stafford, Bradford, Cutler, Sanchez etc.

Agree with JoeCameltoe@ 8:18

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