Miami Dolphins Make Taxpayers Promise on Super Bowl Effort

Team CEO Mike Dee said that if Sun Life Stadium is not awarded Super Bowl L, the county would not be obligated to help fund massive renovations at the stadium

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    On Thursday Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said that if Sun Life Stadium is not awarded Super Bowl L, Miami-Dade County would not be obligated to help fund massive renovations to modernize the stadium. (Published Thursday, Mar 21, 2013)

    The Miami Dolphins are offering Miami-Dade County taxpayers what essentially amounts to a money-back guarantee.

    On Thursday Mike Dee, the team’s CEO, said that if Sun Life Stadium is not awarded Super Bowl L, the county would not be obligated to help fund massive renovations at the stadium.

    “If Miami does not get a Super Bowl at that May 22 meeting, even with a successful referendum, we're going to give the community the option to not move forward,” Dee said.

    Miami-Dade County voters are expected to chime in on the issue in a referendum in April.

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    Team officials say that the Super Bowl bid committee also promised a massive production in downtown Miami if the city lands Super Bowl L, which will be held in February 2016.

    Rodney Barreto, the chairman of the South Florida Super Bowl Bid Committee, said Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who also owns the stadium, really wants Super Bowl L in South Florida.

    “The 50th anniversary only comes around every 50 years, and this is his opportunity and he is putting his money where his mouth is, and he is going to do whatever it takes to bring it to this community," Barreto said. "It's more than a game for a community, and he realizes that.”

    Miami is competing against San Francisco for the big game. NFL owners are expected to make a decision on May 22.

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