Dec 15, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross looks on from the sideline before kickoff against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Ross Threatens New Owner Could Move The Team


The free agency period as been hectic even if Miami has been lukewarm with their approach.  Lost in that shuffle to some, not all, was a report last week that Stephen Ross has now said he is willing to flip the entire bill for the stadium renovations.  The same renovations that earlier he was trying to get public money for…half of the money for.

This time around he is trying to get his tax off the books.  Ross currently pays about three to four million in taxes on the stadium that sits in Miami Gardens.  Ross wants the land turned back over to the city where the tax burden would no longer fall on his shoulders.  Seems on first site that it’s a fair deal.  Both the Marlins and Heat do not pay taxes on their arena’s.  However the money that the Dolphins do pay helps fund the local education system.

So if Ross gets his wish, he won’t have to pay the taxes of 4 million annually while the education system loses an annual tax contributor.  Seems silly to argue over four million a year.

Ross however is making it known that barring a tax break, the Dolphins could move out of Miami.  Ross said that when he decides to sell the team the new owner would likely move the team somewhere else unless the stadium was renovated enough to entice the NFL to give the city future Super Bowl considerations.

To be honest it’s all a bit confusing and frankly if Ross is willing to pay 400 million for stadium upgrades and nine million for Branden Albert each year then surely he can afford to pay 3-4 million to education taxes.  Maybe he should have the tax lifted and then make annual donations to the area schools in the amounts of 3 million.  Problem solved and he can write it off.

The threat comes across with the same bravado that former CEO Mike Dee embellished the locals with when he was trying to win over the state congressional house.

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  • bearisity

    Where would miami go if they left?

    • Mike Miller

      Los Angeles

      • txmedic5

        Not necessarily. I have heard that Palm Beach really would welcome them with open arms. So maybe just a tad bit North.

        • Jerr1233

          As a Diehard Dolphins fan, I would be OK with the Team moving to Ft. Lauderdale or Palm Beach…Just as long as they stay in S. FL If the residents of Miami-Dade don’t want to support them then what do they expect. I thought Ross’ first deal last year was pretty fair and this one is even better for Miami-Dade. Not so much for Miami Gardens but hey, thats the way it goes…get the Heat and the Marlins to chip in to pay for the school board.

  • Kilmarley

    I’m not for ANY tax incentives for sports teams, or big business for that matter…yes, that means take away the exemption from the Marlins and Heat as well. Just one Tea Partier’s opinion.

    • Mike Miller

      Are you smoking your tea

      • Kilmarley

        Nah. I just hate crony capitalism

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    • txmedic5

      no worries. He has to sell the team first and frankly, unless he deliberately sold it to an outside owner (meaning someone with only intentions on moving the team) I can’t believe that the team would move and that the NFL would allow it.

  • DragonFly34

    Ross has all the tact of a crowbar.

  • Don Devine

    I have not seen anything in media or other print where Ross has actually said he would move the team. I haven’t even seen where he said that another owner would do so. Not saying he didn’t say it however. I tink the city should work some deal to help make renovations to the stadium. The Dolphins provide alot of income dollars to the city and area business. Its all bullshit.

  • Dewbert

    So, the taxes that the Marlins and Heat don’t pay wouldn’t go to the education system???