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Dolphins' Season-Ticket Base Plateauing Near 40K Despite Renewed Efforts To Raise It
Published July 22, 2013
A TURNOUT AT TRAINING CAMP: In West Palm Beach, Hal Habib reports the Dolphins yesterday "launched their second training camp under coach Joe Philbin before an overflow crowd of 2,700 fans at Nova Southeastern University." All 2,000 tickets were "spoken for, in addition to fans watching in suites and standing-room areas." Many already were "sporting No. 11 jerseys for [WR] Mike Wallace" (PALM BEACH POST, 7/22). The Dolphins said that the crowd was the "most for a training camp practice since 2006" (MIAMIHERALD.com, 7/21).
CHANGE OF SCENERY: In Boston, Ben Volin wrote former Dolphins CEO Mike Dee, who "helped oversee an era of unprecedented success and growth" when he worked with the Red Sox from '02-09, "simply couldn’t replicate his business magic in South Florida." Dee now is Padres President & CEO, which is a "nice landing spot, for sure, but Dee was often like a fish out of water in his role with the Dolphins, as he didn’t quite grasp the market or the sport, and will be mostly remembered for the team’s bizarre promotions." Dee "came to Miami with two goals -- improve attendance and help secure funding for stadium renovations -- and went 0 for 2" (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/21).