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Huizenga Reflects On 19 Years Of South Florida Sports Ownership
Published February 11, 2009
|Huizenga Planning To Get Back Into Business
World, But Will Not Rule Out Return To Sports
FOOTING THE BILL: Huizenga indicated that hiring Dolphins Exec VP/Football Operations Bill Parcells in December '07 was "his best" decision while owning the team. Parcells originally had a 30-day window to opt out of his contract if Huizenga sold the franchise, but Huizenga said that he "acted three weeks before the sale to make the escape clause open-ended, explaining that he didn't want Parcells to feel pressured." Huizenga: "It was the right thing to do. It was good for Bill, good for Steve and good for the Dolphins. We want to see Bill stay" (PALM BEACH POST, 2/11). Huizenga added Parcells is "good for the Dolphins and obviously they proved themselves with the year they had this year." More Huizenga: "It does benefit the team because Bill; now he has no reason to leave. He's not forced to make a decision in a short period of time. He'll have plenty of time to stay as long as he wants to stay." Huizenga said that before changing the opt-out clause to an open-ended option, he consulted with Parcells, Ross, Dolphins President & COO Bryan Wiedmeier and Exec VP/Business & Administration Bill Pierce (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 2/11).