Dec 21, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross looks on from the sideline during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Looking to the future of his family, Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga opts to sell the team. The Dolphins owner initially sells only a portion of the team to real estate magnate Stephen Ross in 2007 with Ross buying out the rest of the team in 2009. Ross would assume total control over the franchise in January of 2009. His purchase of the team includes full control over Sun-Life Stadium but unfortunately also contains the fully guaranteed contract of Bill Parcells.
In his first season as owner, Ross elects to sell small portions of the team to Miami based celebrities including Fergie, Serena and Venus Williams, and Gloria Estephan. He starts an orange carpet pre-game ritual where fans can watch the celebrities walk into the stadium and guts portions of the high-end sections in a night club called Club Liv. His efforts to make the games more entertaining for fans falls flat and Ross eventually pulls the plug on the orange carpet.
Ross’ has struggled to win over his fan base with missteps as a new owner. Despite local barricades to renovate the stadium, Ross digs deep into his pockets to refurbish Sun-Life Stadium in an effort to attract more Super Bowls and high end sporting events.
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