Miami Dolphins, Stephen Ross Are Nothing Like Marlins, Jeffrey Loria
There are similarities between the Miami Dolphins and MLB's Miami Marlins.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was able to acquire public funds to finance Marlins Park. Last year, Miami's baseball team unveiled a new logo and went on to sign multiple big-name free agents such as Jose Reyes and Heath Bell.
The Miami Dolphins are seeking public funding to renovate Sun Life Stadium (per Toluse Olorunnipa and Adam Beasley of The Miami Herald), have unveiled a new logo (per the Herald's Beasley) and are making a splash in free agency.
While uninformed fans are crying that history repeats itself, this is where the likeness ends.
The Dolphins and the Marlins are nothing alike, and it starts at the top.
According to Forbes, Stephen Ross is worth $4.4 billion. In Forbes' ranking of "Richest Sports Owners," which includes all major sports in the world, Ross is ranked 14th. As far as the NFL is concerned, only the Seattle Seahawks' Paul Allen (No. 3: $15 billion) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Malcolm Glazer (No. 13: $4.4 billion) were ranked ahead of him. The Miami Heat's Micky Arison ranked 10th with a net worth of $5.7 billion.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Loria is worth $500 million.
The point is that the Dolphins are a passion for Ross, where money is not a concern. The Marlins are Loria's livelihood. As a fan, you never want your team's owner to need a profit.
Arison doesn't mind paying a luxury tax every year, and Ross would pay one if the NFL would allow him. Labeled as one of the greediest sports owners by ESPN, Loria would never choose winning over profiting.
Loria told Miami citizens that if they agreed to pay for a new stadium, he would hold up his end of the bargain by maintaining a high payroll. That lasted half a season, a disgrace that Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado equated to a rape of the city.
Ross has tried desperately to improve his team by attempting to lure Jim Harbaugh, Jeff Fisher and Peyton Manning. This year, he reeled in Mike Wallace. He hasn't found continued success yet, but he will continue to try.
There will be no sell-off for the Dolphins because the NFL has minimum spending requirements and, again, it is not in Ross' nature to do such a thing.
Miami is fortunate to have Stephen Ross and Micky Arison.
Hopefully, Loria will sell the Marlins soon.
In contrast to the 2012 Miami Marlins, the 2013 Miami Dolphins will win.
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