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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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How happy is Mike to get off this garbage franchise?

Half of you are so clueless you can't figure out who is doing nothing more than provoking you for a response, and not speaking their true opinion. It's so freaking obvious and you can't see it.

Politicians love suckers like you.

Mike bailed the sinking ship just in time. This speaks volumes about what a crap franchise the Dolphins are. Worse then the Marlins!

The San Diego Padres are a step up? How low have we sunk?

dee left to go home and do baseball, which he loves

My son is a real dope.

How Come You Don't Use The Aloco Character Anymore?

I Know To Many Caricature To Keep Up With Them.

Its pretty bad that some of you guys continue to respond to our resident ahole. Another ahole would be the moron who constantly points out your stupidity with his blah blah politicians love you same s%$t hes been writing every day. Training camp is just around the corner. If you guys dont get a clue and stop responding to every stupid f$%&ing post this tard writes then you're just as bad in everyones eyes. Every time you respond you lose more credibility and soon you are just another annoyance to anyone who wants to talk football. Smarten up because it's embarrassing.

So the SS has an article to which Parcell states that he regrets the way he left the Fins.. He said what went wrong in Miami was the fact he had three new members trying to make their own mark on the team.. Ireland as a first time GM, Sparano as a first time HC and Ross as a first time owner... So he is trying to blame his crappy reign on the three of them.. Two of which he hand picked to join him.. how stupid he is to put the blame on them as he as the one that hired them..

I haven't posted anything on the topic of Mike Dee because to me it's really a NON-STORY! He was brought in by Ross to improve the business side exclusively related to attendance and overall faqn experience. His job was to pack them in along with renovation projects related to the Stadium. In S.D. with the Padres he oversaw construction of Petco Field and when he moved to Boston with new ownership group from the Padres (went with a part owner of Padres who purchased Red Sox in 02) he oversaw the largest sellout streak in MLB for a span (Saw this on Sportscenter given I knew little of the CEO but plenty about the V.P./G.M. who actually put the team we watch together).

This is what made him attractive to Ross in 09. He had that idea to build a Fins H.O.F. next to the Stadium complete with a Theme Park and Hotel (to this day one of the stupidest ideas I ever heard!!) and lets not forget he oversaw the building of the Stadium Night Club (seems this guy thought Football and Baseball interchangeable as a business model were in that boring Sport an in-Stadium Night Club may actually work especially on a Hot Day)

This guy was a joke as CEO of the team and part of the parade of mistakes Ross made as a green horn owner when he purchased the club. At that time watching the Miami Sports landscape he knew the HEAT were tanking the 09 Season preparing to make a HUGE splash in 2010 FA BONANZA with STAR STUDDED FA's going into the Market and needed to keep Season ticket holders while appealing to the younger fans and kids.

The Marlins new Ball Park was under construction as well and he was faced with losing his biggest tennant and money draw outside of Fins and needed a creative mind with experience in this side of the business with Dee being highly recommended by some firm he hired.

Mike Dee? Can't put my finger on it exactly but I never liked the guy. Maybe it was the picture of that stupid ass looking flat roof on the stadium.


This is an old story but one that can't be told enough. My initial reaction after reading about Frank Gore's girlfriend trouble was basically, "Yup,... I can totally see that happening." I mean Frank is from the U after all, so I'm sure what we are about the rehash is a common occurrence on a Saturday night down in Miami. MediaTakeOut.com was the first to run this story, and we gotta say,... good luck trying to follow the bouncing ball, as there will be a quiz at the end.

In 2010, San Francisco 49er running back Frank Gore was dating someone named Drick. Typically this would be the time when I would make a snide comment about the name Drick and try to figure out how in the world could someone name their kid Drick, but there just isn't enough time for that. Frank and Drick wind up having a child together which makes the events in the rest of the story even more heartwarming. Drick's brother is NFL player Roscoe Parrish, a tight friend of Frank's, and he was dating Lina who I'm sure is a lovely woman in her own right.

Not to be outdone by Frank and Drick, Roscoe and Lina also had a child together. So if you are keeping score at home Frank is dating Drick and they have a child. Roscoe and Lina are dating and they too have a child. Everyone on the same page here? Good, let's move on. As I heard once in a Die Hard movie, this is where the plot thickens.

As MediaTakeOut.com reports, Frank and Lina start to hit it off and you can probably guess that this isn't going to turn out well for someone. Eventually Frank and Lina's relationship goes public and it is on. According to the story, Drick and her family arrange to met up with Lina for a schoolyard fight. I'm sure it was something like: "you better be at the In-N-Out Burger joint at 5pm today cause I'm gonna kick your ass."

Typically a fight like this is too good to be true and never comes to fruition however we were blessed by Drick - Lina v. #1. I think it is safe to say there will not be a #2 as Drick reportedly kicked the crap out of Lina, including going so far as to tear out her weave. No clue if Frank and Lina are still dating and honestly who cares. The only reason I might care is if Frank could someone pull something better than this. What that is I'm not sure but when I hear about it I'm sure I'll think to myself, yup, I can totally see that happening. - See more at: http://www.playerwives.com/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/being-frank-gores-girlfriend-comes-with-a-price/#sthash.blBL6XNV.dpuf

Its pretty bad that some of you guys continue to respond to our resident ahole.

Posted by: STOP! | July 17, 2013 at 06:14 PM

Yes, it's really bad. Doesn't it make you wonder how freaking stupid these people are? Have they no memory? Are they that gullible? Or are they just so lonely and desparate for football chat they any jizz head will do?

It is no wonder all the selfish, crooked politicians get voted in when the general population so unbelievably dumb.

If you guys dont get a clue and stop responding to every stupid f$%&ing post this tard writes then you're just as bad in everyones eyes.

Posted by: STOP! | July 17, 2013 at 06:14 PM

Isn't this what you are doing?

You couldn't post that under your regular nane?

Um, isn'

Wow! Is all I can say from some of the posts going up these days! I guess I'll check back later.

We are not fools here, mijo fin4. You should know Us by now. Very few things in this Blog have been posted about the biggest assshole that there ever was on the Dolphins, Mike Dee. IT SHOUD BE AN ISSUE and there should have been more posts about the Tebow day, etc., PR blunders. Don't you think that we know that you posters that work for TMH here are not under the influen$e of Dolphins management? Puuuuuuleeeeesss. Mira, si supimos lo de los cohetes sabemos muchas cosas mas, no? Estate tranquilito.

Los cohetes de Siria, of course.

Tannehill ?
Oline ?

Ellebere - with so little playing time on a SB team, how will he fare here ?

Kicking game ?

Secondary ?

RB's stay healthy ?

Really only the dline is a lock to be very good.

The one missed pick in this draft that will come back to haunt us is Coradelle Patterson. We have not had a receiver with that much talent maybe ever.

It's funny the people who don't change their names constantly on here get critiqued on integrity and smarts by the people that do. Rings pretty hollow.

Soren you could be right but after the contracts Ireland signed to Wallace and Gibson he wasn't drafting an incredibly raw receiver in the first round. If he hasn't signed those deals maybe he would have.

It's funny the people who don't change their names constantly on here get critiqued on integrity and smarts by the people that do.

Posted by: Darkoak | July 17, 2013 at 08:17 PM

Wow is that your take? The people who don't change their names that when remotely challenged revert to insults, milk in the mouth talk? swalllowing? meth, gaylords and rainbow rooms? Endless cut and paste drivel?

The bwaaaahaaahaaas are the smart bloggers?

I'd say you need to take a step back and reassess the matter.

That's just your APD talking, you let me know if you need to talk about it.

Posted by: LightPine | July 17, 2013 at 08:22 PM

At least those people have the balls to post how they feel under one name every time.


Then by all means stick wtih the few regular juvenile delinquents if that is your cup of tea. But don't make yourself look as equally foolish as them by calling them smart. They are naive, illiterate, ego inflated gas bags.

At least those people have the balls to post how they feel under one name every time.

Posted by: The Woodshed Gang | July 17, 2013 at 08:27 PM

My god are you ever gullible. One name? Sheesh, wake up dude. They are half the trolls here!!!!

DarkPine is right! Seriously!

Dashi and odin alone use more names than a ghetto street ho!

Let's face it. Football fans are not exactly known for being in the higher echelon of intellectual society.

I just never realized they were this freaking dumb and guillible!

Poliiticians LOVE people like you!

YG's latest routine.....

Tell anyone and everyone who call's him on his crap DUMB for calling him out.....

That way he gets to continue to ruin the blog.....


Ridicule those who call him a name-changing nut job.....

Talk about pulling off the ULTIMATE FLIP-FLOP......that is what I call...having your cake and eating too.....

Way to go DB/YG/New name coming soon......

Light pine,dark pine,YG..........

We all know.

Woodshed, who is we?

You are way too stupid to realize the trolls are the same regulars you think you like.

Kris, time and again, is just hostile to anything he doesn't understand, which is a lot of things. LOL.

That's mind fk #2....which YG and Oscar started a few months back.....

Tell the blog that the "regulars" are "trolls" too.....

Create an atmosphere were nobody likes or trust anybody.... That way it will be one big chaotic mess in here with EVERYBODY accusing EVERYBODY.....

For YG...that would be a blog utopia....what a pathetic existence you must lead.....I know Mark wants you to die....buy personally hope you live another 20 years.....

This life is he!! Enough for you....

I'm trying to figure out why people come here.

Kris are you saying your few chat buddies never use alternative names?

C'mon man. Show some integrity!

Kris I remember when your name showed up as kris and KRis, and krIS and you blamed it on a malfucntioning keyboard! EVERYONE remembers that.

What were you really doing?

Mr Ross hire me I fulfill the Rooney Rule below the belt line.

I never use a different name. Why would I? I'm accountable for what I say and do under the name I chose to post under the first time I posted on this blog. That's the mature thing to do. Now I know that a certain few people do it because they are actually quite ill and have lost sight of normal social behavior.

Kris I remember when your name showed up as kris and KRis, and krIS and you blamed it on a malfucntioning keyboard! EVERYONE remembers that.

What were you really doing?

Posted by: Fess up | July 17, 2013 at 09:25 PM

Kristie to this day has never confronted this. He always runs and hides when he is asked about it.

People don't forget so easily.


Do you actually think your buddies dashi and odin exhibit normal social behavior?

You may need to have your head examined.

The post @ 9:25 proves beyond a SHADOW of a doubt that I have hit the NAIL ON THE HEAD with my previous post.....

YG is like my puppet.....I told you guys this afternoon that you just have to get him to post things that help him show his TRUE intentions.....

YG is NOT a smart man...and with a few well worded post....he will take the bait every time....

YG.....I release you back unto yourself.....

When I return tommrow....post like you have some home training.....your routine is tired and played out....and you have ruined the name YESTERDAY'S GONE.....

Pick a new name and stick with it.....talk football.....and lets not do this dance anymore.....

The end result is ALWAYS the same....

They unfortunately play into the pointless back and forth and can be guilty of feeding trolling behavior to be certain. But I'm not concerned with their mental health, I am with yours. That would in actuality make me your buddy, not theirs.

Of course, it couldnt be Ireland thats gets a better job. Or just any other job.

As long as the team stinks there will be trolls. If and when the team gets better they'll leave.


Have you given any thought to changing the name of the blog?

Perhaps 'Krissies Soap Opera'?

Dashi, Odin, Dashi, Odin....blahblahblah.

Please troll, find something worth talking about because there is nothing more pitiful than someone posting 15hrs a day just to talk about two other guys. Get a life dude. Get a girlfriend or boyfriend (if that's what you like) and stop worrying about other people's post. Hell, watching porn all day is more constructive. At least you would derive pleasure while wasting a day!

WTF, I can't post for some reason.

Well, there has been some spirited discussion

Kris needs to get a life.

There is something about the CEO quitting right before the season starts that sounds worrisome to me, like there is lots of inside conflict.

Leaving the NFL for baseball is a step down.

You don't see the irony in coming to the blog to tell someone else to get a life. Lol

WTF, I can't post for some reason.

Posted by: The Woodshed Gang | July 17, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Darkoak, are you a darkie?

WTF, I can't post for some reason.

Posted by: The Woodshed Gang | July 17, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Posted by: You got flagged for using too many names. | July 17, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Yeah, I'm sure that's it. I'm not the guy that spends 15hrs a day on here talking about two other guys and not football.

Darkie? Interesting, tell me more YG.

Yeah, I'm sure that's it. I'm not the guy that spends 15hrs a day on here talking about two other guys and not football.

Posted by: The Woodshed Gang | July 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Well how would you know that if you are not here 15 hours a day?


He knows it because he stops in from time to time....reads back the posts...and sees that YOU have talked incessantly since the time he left...DUH!!!!

I'm trying to figure out why people come here.

Posted by: First time poster | July 17, 2013 at 09:17 PM


Yeah, Amen..we saw it the first time...but thanks all the same....what no sermon?

Buster = Woodshed

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