See that video? Barring a miracle, none of that is going to happen.
Yes, a current controversy kicks off our list, as it involves everything we love about football: politics, money and a discussion on how to best use taxpayer money.
Of course, I'm talking about the Sun Life Stadium renovations story that for right now is the 10th biggest controversy on the list, yet still has enough life to move up further depending on how this ends.
We'll go back to January of 2013 for this story, when Stephen Ross unveiled his plans for a renovated Sun Life Stadium that included a canopy covering the seats, seats being moved closer to the field, game lights for HDTV broadcasts. It also came idea that Sun Life Stadium wouldn't just become the premier NFL stadium capable of hosting Super Bowls, but a power house International Soccer Stadium that would host soccer tournaments, and even a few World Cup games should the World Cup ever come back to the United States.
The price tag was to be roughly $400 million, with the Dolphins covering at least half of it. In order to raise the money though, a sales-tax rebate and an increase in the hotel bed tax in Miami-Dade County was proposed.
The deal passed locally in South Florida despite the lingering stink of the Marlins Stadium debacle, which would wind up at the time costing the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and many county commissioners their jobs. This time around, it wouldn't just be in Miami-Dade County where political support was needed, but also from the State of Florida, where the sales tax rebate and bed tax were debated.
The result: a loss for the Dolphins. To make it more embarassing, the referendum wasn't even brought to vote in the House, being struck down by State Rep Steve Weatherford. That's where the fun really began.
First, the public referendum that was to take place in Miami-Dade County was cancelled. The elections were being paid for by the Dolphins, but they would not receive their money back from it.
Secondly came an almost embarrassing game of he-said/she-said initiated by the Miami Dolphins, who had this to say about Weatherford (via The Sun-Sentinel):
"Tonight, Speaker Weatherford did far more than just deny the people of Miami Dade the right to vote on an issue critical to the future of our local economy. The Speaker singlehandedly put the future of Super Bowls and other big events at risk for Miami Dade and for all of Florida. He put politics before the people and the 4,000 jobs this project would have created for Miami Dade, and that is just wrong.
"I am deeply disappointed by the Speaker's decision. He gave me and many others his word that this legislation would go to the floor of the House for a vote, where I know, and he knows, we had the votes to win by a margin as large as we did in the Senate. It’s hard to understand why he would stop an election already in process and disenfranchise the 40,000 people who have already voted. I can only assume he felt it was in his political interest to do so. Time will tell if that is the case, but I am certain this decision will follow Speaker Weatherford for many years to come."
Weatherford would then answer back (via The Palm Beach Post):
“At no point during the process were any promises made to hear the Dolphins Stadium bill on the House floor,” Weatherford, a Republican from Wesley Chapel, said in a statement. “It’s no coincidence that we haven’t heard about this so-called commitment until after the bill died.”
After that came the Dolphins decision to not refund Sun Life Stadium without public money, followed by the expected veiled threats of relocation.
Ironically, getting the bill struck down by the Florida State house might be the best thing to happen to any plans on renovating Sun Life Stadium. The early returns from the public referendum prior to it getting taken off the ballot after being rejected by the State showed that 57 percent of early voters voted no on the new bed tax proposed to renovate the stadium.
It's much easier to sell the renovations down the road when you can make it look like political infighting in the House of Representatives killed it than it would be if it was killed by the voters themselves.
What will this all mean for the future? We're going to have to wait and see. South Florida already lost out on Super Bowl L and Super Bowl LI because of the plan's failure, but give this one two years with the possibility of either Broward or Palm Beach County possibly jumping into the fray to host a New Dolphins Stadium (with the Dolphins already stating that Palm Beach was an option), a new House, Senate and possibly Governor coming to Tallahassee in 2014, and the one thing that would get the people on the side of a new stadium: winning.
Yes, it's winning that will get the Dolphins a new Stadium. The Miami Heat have had yet to pay rent on the American Airlines Arena, yet there's no public outrage with them for failing to do so. If the Dolphins win plenty in the next two years, then along side a new government in Tallahassee, their chances at getting either Sun Life Stadium renovations or a new stadium somewhere in South Florida will increase by leaps and bounds.
However if that doesn't happen, the threat of relocation could still loom over the franchise. Either way, this controversial issue is far from being over as of today.