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Wed. 6 p.m. Heat schedule update; Obstacles surface, but interest remains, in UM/MLS stadium; Fins, Marlins

A quick Wednesday evening Heat scheduling update:

The Heat will not know until late Friday night whether it will open its next series on Sunday or Tuesday. The Heat will play on Sunday if the Nets-Raptors series ends in Game 6 on Friday night AND if only one or neither (but not both) of the San Antonio-Dallas and Portland-Houston series goes seven games.

If the Spurs and Trail Blazers series both go seven games, the Heat's next series would not begin until Tuesday, even if the Nets-Raptors series ends Friday.

The NBA's reasoning for that: Unless there are three seventh games Sunday, the NBA prefers to have only two games on Sunday, to fit into ABC double-header slots at 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. If the Heat plays Sunday, there are several scenarios in which Miami would play at 1 p.m. and one in which it would play at 3:30 (if there's a Spurs-Portland Game 1).

If the Heat series starts Tuesday, Game 2 would likely be in Miami next Thursday and go head-to-head with the first round of the NFL Draft. ABC has its only Saturday night NBA window on May 10 -- two days later -- and the Heat would be a strong candidate for that slot.

Please see my story on the sports home page about LeBron James' message to NBA owners today.





Even with Sun Life Stadium upgrades appearing more likely than a year ago, the University of Miami remains very interested in sharing a stadium with David Beckham’s MLS team if Beckham’s group determines it’s feasible.

An MLS source said a joint UM/MLS facility remains a “real possibility” that interests Beckham, and Beckham’s people are still studying financial and traffic issues before coming back to UM with details and a definitive answer.

Problem is, a high-ranking Sun Life Stadium official who’s directly involved said Dolphins and stadium owner Stephen Ross is opposed to allowing UM to escape the final 18 years of its lease to move to an MLS facility. UM hasn’t asked yet, because it’s premature.

Since everything is negotiable, I believe a UM/Sun Life settlement is possible if MLS deems the project do-able, even though Ross has told people he’s adamantly opposed to letting UM bolt its lease.

If the stadium is built at PortMiami (Beckham’s preferred site), traffic would be a concern for UM games because some cruises leave on Saturday afternoons. UM also wants to make sure there’s adequate parking. Beckham’s group is trying to formulate solutions on both issues.

UM isn’t unhappy at Sun Life. But several high-ranking UM officials love the MLS stadium idea because of the appeal of a smaller venue (with 40,000 seats) with better atmosphere and sight lines and closer to campus, according to one of those officials. UM also would consider an MLS stadium near Marlins Park, an option Beckham’s group has considered.

UM has publicly confirmed its interest in potentially sharing a stadium with Beckham's team and is awaiting word from MLS on the feasibility.

Ross declined to comment when asked if he would allow UM to escape its lease. But a source close to him said he would have no incentive to do so.

What if UM offered a lot of money? “They don’t have a lot of money to offer,” the Sun Life source said.

That’s not necessarily so, UM people tell us. A person involved in the negotiation of UM’s Sun Life lease said a negotiated settlement is do-able and UM could come up with a sizable amount, especially if Beckham charges UM much less than Sun Life does. UM pays Sun Life between $4 million and $5 million per year from a split of ticket and suite revenue, parking and concessions and a maintenance fee.

If UM wanted to leave with 15 years left on its lease, that would project to about $67 million. But a buyout would be somewhat less factoring in net present value, a UM source said.

UM president Donna Shalala, who is intrigued by the MLS idea, ultimately would decide if the benefit of the move would offset the buyout cost --- something that cannot be known until Beckham’s group gives the go-ahead and tells UM what it would be expected to provide financially.

Ross has expressed skepticism about MLS’ chances of getting a stadium, especially at PortMiami. “I don’t believe the University of Miami would try to leave because it’s not in their best interests,” Ross said.

If MLS deems the UM idea feasible but Ross balks, this would get fascinating. Would Shalala appeal to Ross publicly or privately, saying he could be viewed as a hero by UM fans if he allows the Canes to leave but would be disdained if he doesn’t? It would be interesting to see if such an approach, and a hefty payout, could persuade Ross to change his mind.


### Though Dan Marino would like a proposed Dolphins job to include something on the football side, the Dolphins have had trouble coming up with something, preferring a non-player evaluation role initially that could expand eventually, according to a Marino associate. The sides will keep working at it.

### With the draft nine days away, the Dolphins dispatched its special teams coach to Laramie, Wyoming, on Tuesday for a workout and meeting with Wyoming 5-9 receiver Robert Herron, a potential mid-round pick who has now had several interactions with Dolphins officials. Miami likes the former track star’s receiving skills (72 catches, 937 yards, 9 touchdowns in 2013) and wants to see him as a return man --- which is the reason for sending the special teams coach.

Among some of the other lower-profile receivers the Dolphins have shown interest in: Rutgers' Quron Pratt, Lane College's Greg Moore and Virginia Tech's DJ Coles.

### Center Mike Pouncey told the team-owned radio show today that he hopes Miami uses the 19th overall draft pick on an offensive lineman.

### Surprising on the surface but not really when you consider the recent history: The Heat outscored Charlotte in their playoff series by 25 when LeBron James was on the court without Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh but was outscored by 12 when the Big Three played together.

In last year's playoffs and during the regular season, the Heat's plus/minus was much better when James played without Wade than with him --- which hadn't been the case previously. Chris Andersen clearly has something to do with that.

### James and Wade were pleased with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's punishment of Clippers owner Donald Sterling

LeBron tweeted: “Commissioner Silver thank you for protecting our beautiful and powerful league!! Great leader!!”

Wade tweeted: "Commissioner Silver....STRONG...way to take charge and protect our great league."

### Last September, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was the one who wanted his front office to give a one-year, $1.7 million contract this season to Greg Dobbs (who was designated for assignment Tuesday after a 1-for-13 start) and he also told his front office to give a three-year, not a two-year, contract to Heath Bell a few years ago (which explains why the Marlins are paying the reliever – now with Tampa - $7 million this season not to pitch for them). Loria liked Dobbs personally and valued his opinion about the team.

Bottom line: The Marlins are paying $9 million of their $48 million payroll to Bell and Dobbs because Loria intervened (yes, his right as an owner) and miscalculated. But give Loria credit for no longer meddling in baseball decisions. He didn't give the front office a hard time about designating Dobbs this week.

### With a 9-0 win against Atlanta tonight, Jose Fernandez is now unbeaten in his first 19 career starts at Marlins Park. Fernandez is 12-0, with a 1.00 ERA, at home. David Palmer is the only other pitcher in history to begin his career with more consecutive starts at home without a loss (21).... Fernandez has made six starts this season and allowed no earned runs in four of them. Remarkable... And there's this: In 29 career innings against Atlanta, Fernandez has allowed three runs and struck out 35.


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Former Season Tckt Holder

Marlins gotta lock up Fernandez and Stanton! But we know it's way too good to be true because of the cheap, incompetent Jeffrey Loria



Great article as usual. You may want to correct the part of UM sending the team to check out Herron. I assume you mean the Dolphins.

I am intrigued by the stadium idea although I think 40,000 is too small. I think it should be 48,000. That is big enough for the biggest of soccer games and still manageable for UM big games. I think the key here is waterfront. Show the fans a football game and a view of Biscayne Bay and they will come for the games. When you are near the water, the bay breeze will help on even the brutal hot days. The city of Miami desperately needs a venue of this sort. You don't get the idea watching the Marlins or the Dolphins that the game is being played in Florida. The city's best asset is its proximity to the ocean and what better shows that than an open air stadium with views of the water. The Canes would be foolish to waste 15 more years in Sunlife when its been 14 years of misery there already.


Ok its only been 6 years of misery since the demise of the OB but it seems like 14 years. Hopefully that is a good recovery from my faux pas, lol.

Ray McDonald

Fernandez is filthy with his stuff. Best I've seen in years..

Barry Jackson

Thanks Sjmrparman. Yes, Dolphins checked out Herron. Canes on brain.


UM should play at tropical park


Of course UM people are going to tell you they aren't pitch poor, LOL.

You're as gullible as those delusional UM fans buying into the notion that UM is a on its way back to being a dynasty.

Keep dreaming, your UM bias discredits your journalistic integrity. Al Golden amongst the conference's worst paid coach for a reason. UM is widely acknowledged as having some of the worst facilities in the state for a reason. Heck, even lowly FIU's gym is twice as large and much more modern that UM's... And don't even bother comparing to UCF, clearly the state's third best football team as UM continues its decline. Mark my words, FAU will finish ranked higher than UM this year, despite UM's cupcake schedule.


Bring back Incognito!


Anyone who thinks that MLS will prosper in Miami is delusional. If the promoters are so sure about succeeding here let them buy some property at market value and build their stadium. I am sure that they will just rake in the money. Not. Don't spend a dollar of tax payer's money on this pipe dream.


Hey Hoot, your FIU and UCF bottom feeders are supported by tax payers. I will stick with a quality educational institution like UM to support.


HOOT: you don't know A THING.

First of all, take a look at UM's football schedule for this year and tell me it's a cupcake schedule, you dumb A*S CLOWN!

FAU? You make me laugh as much as FIU fans do...compared to UM, you'll always be one small step above some of Miami's high school teams (Booker T., etc.).
UM is a private university with no state funding...everything from uniforms to the band has to be bought through donations, YOU STUPID F**K!

WOW, are you wrong on all counts...UM's Bank United Cetner holds close to 8,000...FIU's barn not even close...you're one whacked out, know-nothing piece of human waste/parasite.

Know what you're talking about before you post things...and, take a look at UM's schedule again and tell me it's a cup cake schedule...we play L-ville, Nebraska, FSU, V.Tech, N. Carolina, etc....FAU doesn't play teams like that in a ten-year span, you sick MF'er!!

FAU...what a joke. Much like your Conf. USA counterpart, FIU, you fans are delusional (all 5,000) who make up your fan base.

Remember something: As long as there is a UM in South Florida, and there always will be, FAU and FIU will both play second fiddle to "THE U" - that includes football, baseball and basketball.

Now, be gone fairy boy - your ignorance is an insult to knowledgeable sports fans everywhere!

POOF! You're gone!!!

Johngoode@johnnybfit.com sweet1968

Good job U Mike of replying to Hoot whose inbreed brother must be reality bites. I would like to add that Miami's facilities are among the newest and best in the nation thanks to money from UM alumni like The Rock. By the way, what were FAU and FIU records last year??

Mariano G

Still playing the big games (FSU, Florida, Notre Dame) at Joe Robbie would also offset any payout

raymond roy

A 60 million buyout to Ross is much, much cheaper than building a new stadium!

raymond roy

A 60 million buyout to Ross is much, much cheaper than the cost of a new stadium.



Posted by: Lt. Lois Einhorn

"very interested"

"real possibility"

"publicly confirmed"



what a fascinating read ...
a primer for an aspiring journalist on how to cover all bases ...
a reason to buy your g0d-d@mned newspaper at inflated prices ...
I'm telling U ...
this story has legs ...
long, luscious legs ...
and I for one can't wait for the day to read this earth-shattering headline ...
"Canes, Becks wed"


Just noise

It's not happening, all UM has said is that if Beckham can build a stadium that's big enough they'd be interested in trying to work out a deal.

Of course they would.

But Beckham isn't getting the Port site and isn't building a stadium that's big enough for UM.

The Boss

Well.....the day the Coral Gables HS site is leveled,relocated,rebuilt and redone somewhere else......(ain t happening folks)...there s just not alot of choice spots for a UM football stadium.Great idea though is any that brings quasi logic to the table though.Then so many feasibility studies and traffic concerns,routing of flow to and from games at rush-hour traffic time in Miami.....well..the logistics and problems are many.Perhaps one day..when and if a site across from the U and US 1 becomes available(after leveling)where only modest success strip malls or shopping center areas currently exist - then perhaps a site would possibly open up.Other than that...there s just no area within any reasonable proximity that would be an attractive venue with reasonably decent access.It s not impossible but much vision would be required by UM Administrators and of course...a helpful(wealthy) partner..such as Mr. Beckham.

Reality Bites

Way to go Umike with your angry, expletive laden, racist undertoned rant of a response to a fellow poster. You make UM fans proud, typical angry and bitter attack dog. And you have a fellow scUM cheerleader in john goode, canes of a feather.
In reality Mr Hoot is right about your cupcake schedule, outside of Nebraska, Louisville and FSU you play no one good.
Truth be told both FIU and FAU have something you will never have, an on campus stadium.
Which brings me back to the pipe dream that is this Beckham MLS stadium. MLS and college football do not mix. Now even with a sorry team like the canes that does not draw any fans you cannot play college football in a small MLS stadium. The supposed 40k stadium will not work for MLS, it would be empty for both sports. The port of Miami site will not be given to Beckham. Any site for the MLS stadium would still be far awy from the UM campus so what difference will that make.
Keep dreaming fools, with lil green pea leading the delusional pack.
The only school in America that wants a small football stadium to save on tarp and embarrassment, your Miami Hurricanes. How pathetic is that.

Not our rival

Posted by: Reality Bites | 04/30/2014 at 01:51 PM

Hush nerd, no one cares about your fake internet rivalry. In real life Miami beat your team in football last year and we're not scheduled to play again. Gators fans have no reason to care about UM and vice versa. Go find an AOL chat room if you want to troll strangers on the internet for no reason.

Roger Podacter



I am confuse about this proposal of UM and MLS sharing a small stadium. How will this impact recruiting the elite players to a 40K stadium? What will be the ticket price for the limited seating? The average fan will not be able to compete, because of ticket prices and the other seating going to students and VIP. Again, the real U fans lose out! The U need to build it's own stadium, and agree to allow MLS to rent from them. Invest in a quality coaching staff, TV network, and stadium. The U has fans across America, just like ND.


UM can't afford a TV network and a stadium, that's crazy talk.

Johnny J

"Our Miami Hurricanes" are not near as pathetic as you continually "strive" to be Reality Bites.I mean the Canes football program is a top program with popularity all across the Country.Check any Network ratings?Why is that?Because of their storied history of sucesss.(National Titles)...more than any Florida school by the way.(NFL players and the pedigree of those players.)The only thing I ll grant you is we ve been done the past decade.If you honestly believe Miami won t be back YOU are the seriously delusional one and that is simply a Fact.Surprising the depth of your envy and jealousy of a great Miami program.Baffling really.

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