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Boston Red Sox Lose "Bonafide First Rounder" Michael Dee to Miami Dolphins

Todd Civin@https://twitter.com/toddcivin1Senior Writer IMay 6, 2009

The Associated Press and Red Sox.com have announced that Red Sox CEO Michael Dee has been hired as chief executive officer of the Miami Dolphins and Dolphin Stadium.

Dee will oversee business development of the team and stadium, the Dolphins said Sunday. He'll be in charge of marketing the team and new projects at the stadium.

The Dolphins said there will be no change in the role of Bill Parcells, who will continue to oversee football operations and report directly to owner Stephen Ross.

Dee spent 14 years in major league baseball, including the past five as chief operating officer of the Red Sox while they consistently set records for attendance and revenue growth. He oversaw business operations and such improvements as the Green Monster seats, and brought concerts to Fenway Park.

He was also president of Fenway Sports Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of New England Sports Ventures, the parent co
mpany of the Red Sox.

Dee earlier spent eight seasons with the San Diego Padres.

"I'm thrilled to be able to add someone of Mike's background and expertise to our organization," Ross said. "His accomplishments with the Red Sox greatly expanded their business footprint and amplified the team's standing as one of the premier franchises in professional sports."

"The departure of Mike Dee marks a great loss for the Boston Red Sox, and other NESV affiliates," said Principal Owner John Henry. "His rare combination of imagination and ingenuity has helped this franchise reach historic milestones on and off the field."

His work with Fenway Sports Group and Roush Fenway Racing were critical to the growth and success of those entities, and his work with every facet of NESV set high standards of excellence across the board."

"The strength of this organization comes from its people, and the success of the Red Sox demonstrates the impact that a creative individual like Mike Dee can have on a franchise and its fans," said Chairman Tom Werner.

"Mike played a key leadership role in one of the most productive front office teams in Major League Baseball. His indefatigable nature ensured that our partners, sponsors, and fans always received the highest possible value for their investment in this team."

"Mike and I have enjoyed a deep friendship and built strong professional bonds since we met in Baltimore over 15 years ago, and I will miss him in both capacities," said President/CEO Larry Lucchino."

"Mike is a good, fun guy, and our accomplishments in San Diego and Boston are in a major way attributable to his broad talents and dedication. He is one of the most creative, versatile, and energetic executives in all of sports; the Miami Dolphins could not have selected a better person for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of them."

"For this position, Mike Dee is a bonafide first round draft pick."

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