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CEO Mike Dee leaving Dolphins for new job

Mike Dee, the Dolphins CEO since 2009, will leave the team within the next month to become President and CEO of the San Diego Padres.

The Dolphins and Padres are expected to announce the move today. Dee will replace Tom Garfinkel, who resigned his San Diego post last week.

[Update: Both teams have announced the hiring.]

"It's a chance to return to my roots," said Dee, who worked previously for the Padres (1995-2002) as well as the Boston Red Sox before joining the Dolphins. "This is a great opportunity to run a team and a facility. It's a chance to sail a ship I helped construct."

Dee will wield unquestioned power in San Diego, where he will oversee the business side of the team and also have baseball operations under his control. The Padres general manager will answer to Dee.

The Dolphins' business model is to split the franchise into a football operations side run by General Manager Jeff Ireland and a business side that is run by the CEO. Both answer to owner Stephen Ross but not each other.

A club source with knowledge Ross's thinking said the club will continue that model going forward. The club has already hired New Jersey based Turnkey Sports as a headhunter to help in the search for Miami's next CEO.

That search has already taken its initial steps and the Dolphins source said while there is no official timetable for filling Dee's vacancy, the club hopes to have a new CEO in place sometime before the end of the 2013 season if not by the time it begins. Dee said he would stay on the next 2-4 weeks to help the Dolphins transition to the next CEO.

Dee met with Dolphins staff at 11 a.m. to tell them of his departure.

While he is excited about returning to major league baseball and a team he was previously connected to, Dee leaves with fond memories about the football team he's always rooted for.

"I love this franchise," he said of the Dolphins. "I have great respect and love for the history of this franchise -- coach [Don] Shula and the alumni. It's been a wonderful four years for me. I got a chance to meet a lot of great men I grew up idolizing and I found out they're great players and better people."

During his tenure, the Dolphins continued their tradition of celebrating their history while also stepping up their participation in community activities and philanthropy. The Dolphins Cycling Challenge raised over $1 million for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center the past two years. Dee also initiated an annual blood drive that was very successful.

Dee was the local eyes and ears for Ross, who spends his time primarily in New York. Although Ross was not a fan of the Dolphins fight song and initially shelved it, Dee forged a compromise to return it to Sun Life after he listened to complaints from fans.

But it hasn't been all success.

Although he negotiated a stadium naming rights deal with Sun Life, Dee met stiff political opposition when he spearheaded the club's attempt to seek partial public financing to upgrade the 25-year-old stadium. The most recent effort to strike a public-private partnership to upgrade Sun Life Stadium failed in March.

The new CEO will have to pick up that torch because the issue has not gone away. Although the Dolphins may not seek public funding again in 2013 -- a decision not yet cemented -- they definitely will seek it again in the future. The new CEO will also have to try to increase the season ticket base that currently stands at about 40,000. It'll be a challenge unless the Dolphins change course on the field after four consecutive losing seasons.

The new CEO, like Dee, will have nothing to do with Miami's football success. Yet, like Dee, the new hire will have to try and translate whatever success football operations has into business success.

Turnkey's search is expected to focus first on people with NFL experience.

In 2009, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell informed NFL clubs that the mandatory Rooney Rule interview requirements currently in place for the head coach position had been extended to the senior football operations position at each club. 

This policy specifically requires clubs to interview at least one minority candidate as part of the hiring process for a club's senior football operations position, whether described as general manager, executive vice president of football operations, or otherwise.

The requirement does not apply in cases where the position is held or filled by the owner or a member of his family, or where a club has a pre-existing contractual commitment filed with the league office to promote a current member of its staff if the senior football operations position becomes vacant.

Although it is not required, Goodell strongly urged clubs in today’s memo to interview a broad and diverse slate of candidates for a wide range of football operations roles, including scouting, player personnel, and contract and cap management positions. "The more thorough the search, the more likely clubs are to find the right candidates, and to be able to groom future leaders from within their organizations," the commissioner said.

Ross released a statement through the team. It reads:

"I want to thank Mike Dee for his leadership over the past four years to the Miami Dolphins and wish him the best in his new position with the San Diego Padres. Under Mike, we have broadened our role in the community, improved our technology footprint within the organization and enhanced our customer service to our fans. As a result of Mike’s leadership and combined with the hard work of our football operations department, I feel that the organization is well positioned for future success both on and off the field. We will begin the process immediately to bring in a new CEO and I have retained Turnkey Sports and Entertainment to lead this search. Mike will be in the office over the next several weeks as he makes the transition to his new position. We wish him and his family the very best in this new chapter of his life."


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Mike Dee couldnt get the stadium deal done so he bolts to the worst franchise in MLB. Good riddance! Dee and Parcells can eat a fat one.

Mr. Ross, I'm available for the right price ...

I also fulfill the Rooney Rule ... I think...

lol @ Mark

buster,don't tell duh b,
let him stay over there and play with himself.

I also fulfill the Rooney Rule ... I think...

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | July 17, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Sadly for you, Goodell didn't say that interviewing dumb Canadiens is a requirement.

Mark in Toronto,

So now that you are getting married, does that mean you have to change your avatar picture, if so I am not cool with that!!!!

@ 2 watt....lol, no schitt !

the only film that should be shwon at tc is.
the 37-3 tenn.titans,"worse home loss evah,thanx tannehenne",
the 28-0 ne finale.
texass opener where watt went knocking down everything from tannehenne.

Are we too dumb to realize every negative Canadian comment is YG? Yet he thinks he's been getting away with it for years.

rdubs, I'm already married so the answer is no. here, I will add another for you ...

haha @ 12:16

God$*mmit Mark!!! Is that the wife?

I lick my house and clothing clean. No messy chemicals for me!

No, I would never marry a girl like that unless I wanted to end up broke and divorced and forced to become the next YG.

That is a different girl than bikini girl by the way.

here for a good time, not a long time as they say ...

I'm chuckling out loud here, because this talk of trolls and how to handle them reminded me of something.

I used to frequent a chess site, which had a lively chat board. The site offered an "ignore button" , of which I occasionally took advantage.

One evening a "friend" on the site sent me a private message, telling me how one certain individual was bad-mouthing everthing I said. Since that individual was on "ignore", I couldn't see what he was writing, and so was none-the-worse for it.

I simply remained above it, while he continued to show everyone else that he was simply an imature a-hole.

I realize that feature is not here, but it would be a welcome addition.

And regarding multiple names: this blog could at least limit name registering to one per e-mail address. Currently this must not be the case, judging by the spontaneous responses to a post, using a "name" which references material therein.


No good times for me, just marriage LOL

Is the wife hot? Damn I sound like

a)Horny teenager


b) Pervy old man

This is what happens when I get bored at work

the way it's currently going Buster, only a matter of time until Facebook is intorduced as mandatory.

Haha, the wife doesn't look anything like these girls. She looks more like Mrs. Ari from Entourage. More the kind of girl you take home to mother. These other girls are just entertainment and distraction.

@ Mark...or Twitter, LinkedIn, etc......that would be kool...


Did you set up the ground rules with your wife, regarding Dolphins games and how she will always be 2nd to them? It took 3 years of my wife making me go out on Sundays and her constantly getting mad at me, when I stopped at every TV I came across in public, to watch football!! But now she works on Sundays. MOOSEHEAD AND DOLPHINS BABY!!!

An associate researcher at the University of Hawai'i, Alvin Huang, asserts that if a person substitutes his daily carbohydrate intake with poi he would probably lose weight in the thighs.

lol...Alvin Huang...


Forget all the name calling. Lets talk football, if you actually understand the game.

Tell us again how Philbin and Sherman are idiots for anointing Miller and Thomas the starter and back up.

Then tell us again how much smarter they are than everyone else. You know, like you were telling Darkoak 10 minutes later.

That's what you said last night in less than an hour.

So just wondering YG, are they just smart idiots or is it just you losing touch with what you write from one minute to the next?

My guess would be you're a simpleton idiot that has ALREADY lost touch with reality.

But hey, that's just my opinion. Maybe the good people here would put it to a vote ;)

Rdubs, she knows on Sundays in the fall I am not to be bothered. That is her cue to have her own time unless there's a big occasion like the idiot friend who baptiszed her kid on Super Bowl Sunday a few years back. She tried watching a football game with me - didn't like the person I was during the game - said it scared her- so she just leaves me alone.

On top of that, her whole family are huge fans. last year we took a trip to watch the Steelers and Giants. This year, Steelers and Dolphins. I have it good from a football perspective.

As far as Solia vs Starks, Solia probably is the no brainer at this point. But I believe a lot of that is because of age.

Either way, I'm glad they're both Dolphins.

Hopefully Vaugh Martin fits in better than McDaniels and somehow helps keep Solia and Starks EFFECTIVE and together for another few years!

Posted by: odinseye | July 17, 2013 at 12:08 PM


to funny @ 12:28....

Can you say Dawn Aponte

Mark, go get a divorce already, strippers are much more entertaining

Mark, Its amazing how a football game can change you,

I only watch Dolphins then NFL and cant stand sports. Yet, I only listen to Sports radio in the car. Yes its dumb, I know. I am not a competitive person.

When the Phins play, everyone STFU and leave me alone and absolutely do not make "PEANUT GALLERY" comments during the game, whether they are positive or not!! I stand up and pace the entire game and throw myself on the floor regularly.Its pitiful and sad

Haha, rdubs, I can honestly say you are not alone there.

Truth, why get a divorce to hang out with strippers? Strippers have nothign to do with ones relationship status .. only with one's amount of disposable income. God bless em

Keith Hurley,

That could be a good idea regarding Dawn. She seems to be a whizz with finances

Im just pulling your leg Mark, I wouldnt mind if my wife allowed me to sleep with another chick occasionally, I mean s e x with the same chick get boring over the years

If Dawn is going to be anything, it's the next GM of the football side, not the business side. The work she did on these contracts was quite amazing. Free agent spending spree and the Dolphins will be nowhere near cap purgatory for a long time...

Welcome back Mando

If you're not having fun watching football then you need to grow up.

It's a game, nothing more. And it is not important.

I wouldnt mind if my wife allowed me to sleep with another chick occasionally, I mean s e x with the same chick get boring over the years

Posted by: Truth | July 17, 2013 at 01:00 PM


What makes you think your wife isn't just as bored with HER sex life?

When do Adam Beasley, Greg Cote and Barry jackson begin thier 2 month layoffs?

Ever since Mike Dee got here things have gotten worse not better.
I say good riddance.

Is the NFL ready for a Female GM...........?

Is that what you're saying Mark........?

I'm a little Old School, but still, I'm OK with Women being allowed to drive(The Riding Mower, Sundays ONLY), Vote(American Idol contestants ONLY!)and even Talk Back to me(when they're unsure of my order).

But a Female GM......? In The NFL........?

Yeah.........NO! I don't think we're ready for that.

It's not like Mike Dee is abandoning a sinking ship for one he helped construct, is it?
I mean let's face it: none of the players he signed are still on the team so what exactly did he construct? He left the Padres 11 years ago, they were horrible then and they are horrible now.

What makes you think your wife isn't just as bored with HER sex life?

Posted by: Further Truth | July 17, 2013 at 01:06 PM

I'm NOT selfish, I'd let her sleep with the OTHER CHICKS Too ;)

Mike Dee's departure right before the start of camp bodes ill for this season.

Mike Dee never signed a single player. He was strictly and solely involved on the business side of the franchise, with no role whatsoever in football affairs or negotiating player contracts.

When do Adam Beasley, Greg Cote and Barry jackson begin thier 2 month layoffs?

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | July 17, 2013 at 01:07 PM

Beasley and Cote took theirs in March and April respectively. Jackson takes his in November.

It's all good Man! TMH has very strict employee guidelines that avoids anything that could even possibly be misconstrued as racist.

As far as I can tell, it's you that has the problem with Racism, no?

too funny @ the 2nd 1:16...

You got to love this "letting your wife" do this or that stuff.

If you guys are as boring in the sack as you are on this blog I'll guarantee you your wives are out hunting for virile, young studs who can actually perform at a level that excites them.

As if they need "permission," lol. Christ, they probably know your schedule to the nanosecond and already have a drink waiting for them at the bar when they get there.

Please explain exactly what it is that Dee constructed in San Diego.
He last worked thier 11 years ago.
Are some of his signings from 11 years finally starting to bear fruit?

The 'business' side of thins includes revenue and expenses, no?
Paying fans are revenue.
Player salaries are expenses.

As if they need "permission," lol. Christ, they probably know your schedule to the nanosecond and already have a drink waiting for them at the bar when they get there.

Posted by: The More You Know | July 17, 2013 at 01:20 PM

Unless you're insanely jealous and insecure, who cares...?

Women get to party just like Men do, ESPECIALLY in this day and age. Daniel Boone and Davy Crocket are dead. Ma don't stay home on the Homestead anymore.

Pretty much EVERYONE is (The So-Called)Unfaithful at one time or another. You have been Dude and YOUR Wife has been too. Whether you like it or not, whether you can deal with it or not.

You're wasting your time worrying and posting about it. It's simply a fact of life. Be good to each other and get ALL the LOVING you can, where ever and whenever you can.

You should want your wife to be Happy and if that's what makes her Happy..........

Just Saying.........

@ 1:20. Gfreat, one less chore for me


The 'business' side of thins includes revenue and expenses, no?
Paying fans are revenue.
Player salaries are expenses.

Posted by: ExposingTheFraud | July 17, 2013 at 01:26 PM


You seem to have absolutely no idea how the Miami Dolphins operate.

Again, Mike Dee had NO role in the football side of things. The financial and organizational matters he was involved in pertained to things like naming rights, broadcast fees, promotional initiatives, corporate rights, and most recently lobbying on behalf of the proposed stadium overhaul.

Yes, player salaries are 'expenses' (duh) but Dee had no more say in that than he did over uniform cleaning costs or how much money the scouting staff makes.

Entirely different sides of the franchise that (if you actually read the articles) are independent of each other.

You were simply wrong about Dee. Even if I'm sure actually admitting as much is too much to ask.

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Damn we need camp to start. Even if the trolls are bad mouthing the team, at least it is still football talk.

Mike Dee is leaving. So?

Dee leaving is of no consequence to what the season will hold. Unless you're just a glass half empty type person that is. I'm thinking its a blessing in disguise. Lets see, Dee started in 2009, it's now 2013 and we've had four consecutive losing seasons.... Hmm, any correlation? Maybe/Maybe not, but its a new day and the Phins are on their way up and some new blood might be just what we need. Change happens all the time, especially in sports. I don't see why we shouldn't embrace it and move on from the past torturous four years of subpar leadership and performances. Onward and upward!! Go Phins!!

Onward Upward

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