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Super Bowl Vote: Stadium Deficiencies Likely Kept South Florida From Landing Game
Published May 22, 2013
A STUNNING TURNAROUND: In N.Y., Judy Battista writes the fact South Florida was "viewed by owners as a less-than-serious contender for the two future games was a stunning turnaround from the results that were forecast a few weeks ago, when Miami was considered the favorite to host the 50th game." But that was "before a plan to hold a local referendum on the use of tax dollars and rebates to pay for stadium renovations collapsed" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/22). NFL Network's Rick Eisen noted the "animosity" in Miami-Dade County "towards building new facilities just sunk the bid." NFL Net's Steve Wyche said, "Let's see if the South Florida Super Bowl Committee goes back to the voters, to the city, and says, 'Look what happened now. We could be out of the rotation'" (NFL Net, 5/21). Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio said, "The NFL had made it clear that to get the Super Bowl back in South Florida, that stadium needs to be upgraded and renovated" ("PFT," NBC Sports Network, 5/21). Goodell: "I can tell you that I think the stadium is a very important part of any of these proposals. The condition of the stadium is a factor. I think it's the stadium, at the end of the day. Their proposal was really quite exciting. I think owners would like to be in Miami. But it's competitive right now" (AP, 5/21). In Ft. Lauderdale, Daniel Vasquez writes under the header, "Shame On Florida Lawmaker For Throwing Away Miami Dolphins Super Bowl Bid" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 5/22).
SENDING A MESSAGE: In Miami, Armando Salguero writes yesterday's vote sends a "chilling message that perhaps Miami has lost its prized status as a recurring host within the Super Bowl rotation." Miami will see a "minimum eight-year hiatus from the game," and it is "possible that gap between games may widen if the NFL continues to award games to cities that build new stadiums." Atlanta and Minneapolis both are planning for new stadiums, and Dallas and Indianapolis "plan to continue bidding on games after building new facilities that won Super Bowl bids and successfully hosted games" (MIAMI HERALD, 5/22). NFL Network’s Eric Davis said the "biggest headline" from yesterday's votes is that South Florida will not be in the Super Bowl rotation "for a while.” Davis: "I am one that personally believes that Miami should be in heavy rotation. ... You should have it looping all the time and it should jump in there." But the league is telling the Dolphins the "infrastructure of your stadium ... better be up to date.” He added Miami is a "great city to host it, but the stadium has to be able to house it." NFL Net's Mark Kriegel said, "Tradition is nice, but if you don’t build it, we won’t come. That’s essentially the message" ("NFL AM," NFL Net, 5/22).
NEEDING SOME HELP: NFL Network's Jeff Darlington said it is "going to be a very difficult process" for the Dolphins as they attempt to garner public funds to help renovate Sun Life Stadium. Ross was "willing to put up 70 percent of private funding" for the renovations prior to the legislature not voting on the bill, and he "does not plan on spending" 100% of the money required ("NFL Total Access," NFL Net, 5/21). Ross said, "I can't do it alone. I think I went out further than any owner has ever gone out in offering to a city to really put up money and deliver a new, modernized stadium. I think I'm going to have to do it with local people. I think they'll realize that in Miami, the weather alone won’t bring Super Bowls and other marquee events" (NFL Network, 5/21).