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Dolphins' celebs mostly silent in stadium campaign

In the rush of optimism after Steve Ross bought the Dolphins, he rounded up a glitzy cast of minority owners — including Marc Anthony, Emilio Estefan, the Williams sisters and Fergie — as a way to gin up a buzz around the franchise.

But at a critical moment for the organization, when every last vote is needed to pass a referendum for improving Sun Life Stadium with tax dollars, those luminaries have been noticeably out of the picture.

So too are the icons of the Dolphins’ glorious past, the Don Shulas, Dan Marinos and Larry Csonkas who made Miami’s football team a national brand and an object of civic pride.

With six weeks remaining before a possible vote on the plan, the Dolphins have no immediate plans to trot out their megawatt assets.

“We wanted to be respectful [in] utilizing star power to get our message across,” said Dolphins CEO Mike Dee, the team’s point man on the project. “This is, at the end of the day, really about economics.”

There’s another factor, of course. If you make rolling-in-dough superstars the face of your pitch to raise hotel taxes, Joe Citizen just might respond: “You’re loaded. Pay for the stadium improvements yourselves!”

More from Adam H. Beasley here.

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An Informed voter

The voters are going to reject this by large numbers, so these minority owners are smart to stay away from this. It is an insult to the voters in this community that Billionaires are asking them to pay for improvements to a privately owned facility.

VOTE NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amazed

What part og "WE DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR IT!!" don't you understand???

Dick

Rick Scott is a fraud. I'm not voting for him this time.

Eustace Mullins

IMPORTANT INFO!
If Ross CAN afford it and pay it back then why use public money? Why doesn't he get a bank loan? Ross lives in Palm Beach. The Dolphins staff and players ALL live in Broward. The Dolphins fly out of Fort Lauderdale. Nothing of the Dolphins is done in the heart of Miami. Miami Gardens is NOT the heart of Miami.

Look up Economists Judith Grant Long. She did a study on 99 major sport facilities and on an average 40% of public subsidies for stadiums that are UNDER REPORTED. Due to issues such as contributed Tax exemptions , Contributed land costs, Infrastructure cost, etc...Meaning with the Dolphins, the real cost will not be 150 or 200million of our hard earned money, but much higher in the $350million!
Other economists Phil Parter(un.of SF) and Allen Sanderson(un.of Chicago) did a study on 30 U.S. cities with new Sport-facilities... and concluded "NO MEASURABLE IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY".
Another study by Dennis Coates(un.of Maryland) and Brad Humphreys(un.of Alberta) found the new stadiums have little or no impact on jobs, because the money spent is typically funneled to a small number of athletes and owners who often live elsewhere(as such with the Dolphins).
To pay part of the $200million public subsidy , Dolphins want the state to REMOVE corporate tax exceptions to Florida banks that exempt our banks from paying corporate taxes on revenue earned from foreign deposits and off-shore loans. This $10million tax exemption is one of the reasons our international banks are here and that today we have 6$billion in foreign deposits!
What could our community do with $400million in tax dollars that Steve Ross wants for his new stadium? 200million will get us a new world class convention center in Miami beach which would employ and create more than 1000 permanent jobs and have 150 event days,, NOT JUST 8 HOME FOOTBALL GAMES PER YEAR! We should have a world class convention center that can compete with Vegas and Orlando... the other $200MILLION would get us a world class aquarium , rebuild Miami marine stadium and build a new maritime center to have permanent boat shows year around. The only Miami in Dolphins is the name. If they work, fly and live in Broward then Broward should help Steve Ross raise the capital.
Who would benefit from the $400million?
-Ross
-Broward hotels
-Orlando/Disney
Do you really think once(if) Ross gets his new stadium he won’t change the name of the stadium and keep all the new revenue from the new stadium name for himself. What about a new seat tax? yep that too! Every single NFL owner includes a new seat tax with his new stadium. That money will not go back to the public. Just ask the Colts how it went for them.

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