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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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JoseCuervo,
Thank you for agreeing with me.
In the future please get me name correct it is CameltoeJoe not JoeCameltoe.

Joe, after watching Tannehill in both college and pros I have no idea how he was drafted in the 1st rd. His 29th ranking last year was worse then Henne's ever was.

Agree with Fin 77 @ 8:22

Agree with CameltoeJoe @ 8:25

Did someone just called Sanchez, Romo and Bradford elite? Drugs indeed mess up with your brain

And after Chad Henne, Pat White, and Ryan Tannehill, we know Ireland cant draft QB's to save his life.

Russel Wilson, Andrew Luck and RG3 all took over crappy teams and got them into the playoffs.
Tannehill took over a crappy team and took them nowhere. Then he tried to blame the WRs, RBs, TEs, coaching staff and the entire D. Never took responsibility for his own weak showing. Never took responsibility for getting Sherman fire as coach at texas A&M.

Agree with JoseCuervo@ 8:28

Agree with Captain Organ @8:28

Miami never really won a Super Bowl. They were staged just like the moon landing.

No pro sports teams need to be on welfare assistance....owners do make nice profit returns...dont think for a second that they dont....tampa bay bucs not hurting, we dont hear jags crying...and miami dolphins are floridas most popular sports team by far !!!! is ross willing to take tax payers money as a loan and pay back with some interest ? Dont think he wont make money on stadium everytime he leases the stadium out for concerts, rodeo's, motorcross events, college football bowl games, on and on....tax payers should not be held accountable to make billionaires even richer! Polititians who spend grossly should be held accountable abd go to prison if their passing dirty deals to get passed....dolphins are not going anywhere ever!

What are the chances that 27 of the last 28 posts are really the same poster?

Dolphins fans need to start being a bit more vocal to owner ross...dont make bullying blackmail threats to move our team....hire a polititian to fight a polititian....to beat a criminal you gotta fight back like a criminal....polititans are criminals...they lie and steal everyday from tax payers!

Bobby,

About 95%.

Now Watch The Army Respond.

Ross is acting like a 3 yr old spoiled child pouting. Bad reflection on the franchise.

lets enjoy these last few years we have left with the dolphins

Hey Dooshi, tell us again how it was Ross that renovated the stadium 6 years ago....LMAO!

Miami moving isn't even a realistic option IMO. It's the MIAMI DOLPHINS! It's one of the flag ship teams in the league. The franchise that gave you the perfect season, The winningest coach of all time, Csonka, Griese, Marino, and 7 Super Bowls won't exist anymore? There's absolutely no chance the league would allow that to happen. Not while Jacksonville, St. Louis, and San Diego have franchises. All of those stadiums are in much worse shape than Sun Life.

Eventually, Miami will get the renovations or the new owner in 5-10 years will petition the county for a new stadium. By then, the stench from the Marlins deal will be gone and it will be a more friendly political climate to get a deal done.

Going going gone see ya

The colts threw games to secure andrew luck, same team made playoffs year before their loosen season...so talent was in place for andrew luck to have success..

The seahawks were already building team nice befoe russell wilson took over...had plenty of talent around wilson...


Same as redskins, were already rebuilding team, so some talent was already in place...

Miami was a depleted roster, no wr's ....no consistant offensive line..defensive secondary was bad .....tannenhill did a lot without nowhere near the talent the other teams had on their rosters....no playoffs but was not all tannenhills fault....

This can all be cleared up with a 25 K donation to Weatherford's re-election fund. That's how the game is played in this country. I'm surprised someone as successful as Ross didn't realize this.

Excuses for Tannehill? Hilarious.

Weatherford Did Approve A Bill To Expand Campaign Fundraising.

You Might Be On To Something.

Whats all the fuss over a two week event once ever several years? Big Fkn deal.

25 k? might get u a sack lunch from them. try couple mill

JODI ARIAS WILL BE FOUND NOT GUILTY JUST LIKE CASEY ANTHONY.

RUMOR SAYS WHITE GIRLS CAN KILL IN AMERICA AND NOT GO TO JAIL.

ROSS NOT CHEAP, HE PAID 10 MILLION FOR DEAL THAT DIDN'T GO THRU.

WAYNE UPDATED STADIUM BUT ROSS PAID FOR IT.

Sounds funny...but i personally beleive the walking on the moon was staged by american goverment...by making it look like we did it makes a strong message to a country like russian back then we are superior technologically advanced making us way to strong to mess with...gave america muscle in politics around the world...othercountrys then looked for america to lead thinking we are so advanced beyond them...i think it was staged...our goverment does tell us such lies! they lied to us about vietnam, iraq and weapons of mass destruction, pakistan and bin laden...i also think they knew were bin laden was the whole time...dirty liars..thats my opinion..

In some podunk town, maybe it is an issue. Miami already has a huge 5 month tourist season built in every year. Let's not be greedy and overreacting about 2 weeks once every 5-7 years.


It's a total non-issue. Don't let the headlines brainwash you.

Ross will never get majority support unless he builds a winner that competes for SB's. And thats how it should be. Everyone loves a winner. Asking for charity after 4 losing seasons was ludicrous.

Why should the citizens of Miami have to pay up for a LOSER team's stadium????

Makes no FKING SENSE!!!

Ross should just raise the ticket prices and take the money from the actual fans instead of the public who dont care about the Dolphins.

Friends,

Miami isn't Green Bay where the only things to do are watch football or fondle cows.

There just aren't many die hard fans down here. Most people here are from another country and far removed from American football.

to all the donkeys WHO OST ON THIS BLOG;;;;;;;

POLITICS IS (( EVIL )).................


to all the donkeys WHO OST ON THIS BLOG;;;;;;;

POLITICS IS (( EVIL )).................

Posted by: ALoco | May 07, 2013 at 10:04 PM


AFTER 50YRS YOU'VE FINALLY FIGURED THIS OUT ALL BY YOURSELF?

VERY IMPESSIVE ALOCO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

((BUFFET OF BETTER LATE THAN NEVER))

IMPRESSIVE

ALOCO,

TELL US AT WHAT TIME DOES APOLLO 13 LIFT OFF TONIGHT?

((BUFFET OF ALOCO LOVES APOLLO))

Miami 2013 is not Miami 1972.

Even if this team made the playoffs every year, I don't believe attendance would be much higher than it is now. It is a different demographic here. Miami does not even feel like you are in the USA.

If I was the owner, I wouldn't invest a dime in the stadium unless it was absolutely necessary. You will never get your investment back from it.

Mark-ho
You can remove your aluminum foil hat now. The aliens landed a long time ago and you are one of them. The moon...BORING.

YG....

DID YOU EVER MADE A STATEMENT LIKE THE ONE I JUST MADE THINKING YOU R HELPING THE DONKEYS UNDERSTAND BETTER THE WORLD OF PHONYS ,,,,,,,,,,

WHY WE DIDN'T HEAR A WORD FROM OUR GARAGE MANAGER RE THIS STADIUM ISSUE ?

As I said earlier, Miami has a built in 5 month tourist season. That is huge. Most places have 2 months tourist season at most. Let's not fret over a measly 2 week SB event every 5 years. It means nothing.

Despite Armando's article, I don't see the team ever moving. The NFL needs a presence down here.

ALOCO,

I DONT UNDERSTAND WHEN YOU TALK DONKEY.

DO YOU THANK GOD YOU'RE A "COUNTRY BOY"?

((BUFFET OF I WOULD HAVE DONE ELLIE MAE CLAMPETT))

ALOCO,

TELL US THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A:

DONKEY
JACKASS
MULE

((BUFFET OF ALMOST A HORSE))

YG how many times did you violently spank your monkey thinking of Ellie Mae?

GOOD QUESTION .;;;
THE DIFFERENCE ,THE SAME AS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ;;;


PHINS78
DASHI
KRIS.....

Who you trying to convince isaac? Maybe the presence is needed within you.
Also, with such a massive tourist season. Why would you care if they raise a hotel tax 1%? Seems trivial to me. Seems like something that happens oft but the exposure on this one...well, we could put the 1% here instead. Except, there is no 1% here instead. Anyone still fighting for that 1% to be raised and put to "good" use? Why not? It could be going to a community that is not paying for it. Free flow in from without. Maybe a small % of locals pay it. Very small.
Maybe you just don't want the Dolphins to have it?
Maybe...you didn't even get a vote on it.

YG will now post for 8 hrs straight mostly to herself.

Holy crap an Ozark sighting.
This cats elevator doesn't go ANYWHERE near the top.
You've been warned.


YG will now post for 8 hrs straight mostly to herself.

Posted by: The Blog | May 07, 2013 at 10:31 PM


And your mother wonders why I don't have 3 sweaty uneventful minutes left for her.

Now, maybe you can tell her.

I could care less about that tourist tax. My point is, I don't believe even a winning team will fill the stadium in this area. Times have changed, we don't have a football demographic like we had many years ago. There are 70 people in my office, maybe 2 talk football Monday after the game. My neighbors are mostly immigrants who have no clue about football or it's history here. They are not shelling out even 5 bucks to go to a game.

Ah but Isaac, you do not understand. People gravitate towards a winner. People like to feel like they are a part of something big, something good. If they win, they shall come.

Posted by: The Blog | May 07, 2013 at 10:31 PM

ALSO, EVERYONE PLEASE FORGIVE BRAINLESS RANTS BY MY B'ASTARD OF A CHILD.

IT WAS SHOTGUN S'EX BETWEEN ME AND HIS MOTHER. B'ITCH HAS A VERY HAIRY TRIGGER FINGER.

HER FINGERS ALSO LOOK LIKE A 5-PACK OF JUMBO LINK SAUSAGE TOO.

AND SHE WEARS A COWBELL AROUND HER PINKY.

She has man hands.

What happen to the link to the column? I wanted to read it...


She has man hands.

Posted by: ewww | May 07, 2013 at 10:42 PM

YOU SHOULD SEE HER FEET. LOOKS LIKE 200LBS PER PER FOOT OF SWOLLEN UNATTENDED AND ROTTING KIELBASA.

SMELLS THAT WAY TOO!

These Are The Same Clowns Who Were Opposed To A Penny Tax Years Ago. That Would've Taken All The Tolls Off The Highway.

YG Brought Up A Good Point On The Demographic In Miami A Couple Days Ago.

It Is Pitiful How Ignorant These People Are.

Same Thing With The Speed Train That The State Turned Down A Couple Years Ago.

No Foresight. Just Give Me Money For My Campaign And Watch Me Do Nothing.

You Actually Got People In North Miami Campaigning And Doing Voodoo On Each Other.

Voodoo And Politics. Need I Say More?

And...... I'll never have to come to a Dolphins blog and read pots like these.

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | May 07, 2013 at 04:08 PM


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Do you mean posts like these too?

Yo Momma 1 huge loose, overstretched p'ussy

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | May 06, 2013 at 08:33 PM

YG and Dashit have at least one thing in common.

They are both major, in denial, hypocrites.

"WAYNE UPDATED STADIUM BUT ROSS PAID FOR IT."

The Problem Is The Clown Doesn't Understand This.

Or He Does He IS JUST TOO CONCENTRATED ON DASHI.

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