In 2009, the Dolphins went $7.7 million in the red.....While player costs for the Dolphins increased 9 percent ($123 million in 2008 to $134 million in '09 according to Forbes), the Dolphins refinanced $235 million of stadium debt in a deal that includes a $159 million letter of credit that backs taxable municipal bonds sold through a government conduit but for which the stadium corporation is responsible. The deal, arranged by Goldman Sachs, contains a credit reserve that is significantly bigger than it otherwise would have been to account for the possibility of a work stoppage in 2011.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Heath Evans (one time Dolphin, and former Patriot) went on record as saying the Daboll hire makes the Dolphins worse - he's not the brains of the operation was the quote he used when talking about his stint in New England. Gotta love it when players (on their own) go out of their way to say something not-too-nice about another team's coach.
Jeff Ireland was signed to a "multi-year contract extension" which means that Ross has some faith in this guy, regardless of what he thinks about Sparano. I think its safe to say that Sparano and Ireland probably aren't hanging out lately outside of work.
Friday, January 21, 2011
They're allowing you to pay interest free over 6 months or you can get a discount on another ticket. That's reasonable but not incentive enough.Pay in Full by February 23 and receive 5% of your 2011 invoice amount towards additional seat purchases for any 2011 home game of your choice (subject to availability)! For example, if your total invoice amount is $2,200, you will receive $110 (5% of $2,200) in value towards the purchase of additional game tickets. (Example of credit redemption: 2 Upper Corner/Endzone tickets).
That's the company line on non renewals. You know what I say? They sold around 50,000 seats last year. That's less than 70% of the seats. And doesn't include all the luxury seats. I might take my chances and see what's available later rather than giving them money up front.
Per our standard policy, non-renewed seats could be made available to renewing season ticket holders or to new buyers.
If you do not renew your season tickets, you must return your FanVision device(s) (one device for every two seats) to the Miami Dolphins. If the FanVision devices are not returned by April 22, 2011, a $250 charge will be applied for each unit unreturned. For return instructions and to receive return packaging, please contact your personal Guest Experience Representative at 1-888-FINS-TIX (1-888-346-7849), option 2.
Nice of them to modify their standard rules. I remember after 9/11 I was stuck with a bunch of tickets I couldn't use because they would not give refunds because the game that week wasn't cancelled - it was rescheduled to a date when the peeps I was going with couldn't make it v
In the event that we miss any games, you will be refunded the price of your tickets and parking, if applicable, for any games that are not played. Click here for the refund policy.
Specifically, our refund policy is as follows:
1. We will provide you with a full refund for any cancelled preseason or regular season home games.
2. You may choose to receive your refund either in the form that you paid for your tickets (e.g., cash, credit card) or in the form of credits towards future games.
3. If any games are missed, refunds will be paid no later than 30 days after final determination of how many games will actually be played during the 2011 NFL season.
Please note that the terms of this policy are not required by contract or law, and apply only in the event that Miami Dolphins games are cancelled.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The NFL has announced they will be "selling" tickets to watch the SuperBowl from that vantage point. For $200 a pop.
That's just nuts!
He considered making a change in Miami but his personal feelings for sparano got in the way.
What a wanker this guy has turned out to be!!! If I were Ross I would do everything in my power to get every cent I paid to this jerk back.
Here I thought he didn't do jack to help the team. And in reality he was actually doing harm to them!!!
We heard the names being batted around, and heard about comings-and-goings in Davie. And, finally, the signing of Daboll was met more with a yawn than anything.
There have been confirmations that he has accepted the job. And yet, not a word has come from Davie or Cap'n Firepants (Ross).
Wouldn't you think that after that silliness last week, they'd have a press conference to tell us? Or issue a statement? Sheesh. Things are going to continue on the same path over there. Everything is a big, big secret!
You'd think he might have learned something about how feverish the fans are and how closely the press follows them.
I'm tellin' ya, my thoughts about some charisma from the coach or the organization would be HUGE. Sure fans are talking about Daboll, but not in a "wow this a great hire and I'm stoked" kind of way. Its more "are we any better??!!"
First is a claim that about the TV contracts - the owners will receive broadcast rights fees, even with no games played in 2011 - basically stating this violates their agreement to share revenue.
And second is a claim of collusion, essentially stating that the owners are conspiring to set contract amounts, and restrict free-agency.
Said the commish: "It's more litigation. I've said before: This is not going to get resolved through litigation. It will get resolved through negotiation. It's time to get to the table and negotiate."
Both cases will be heard by a special master at a future date....you can't read too much into what's happened here, because neither suit was unexpected, and its all a part of balancing the power between the owners and players. But what you can infer is that this process will not be easy, and won't go away quietly.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The troubling signs are that he comes from one of the two offenses ranked lower than Miami, that his previous offenses haven't been dynamic, and the belief is that Henne will get another shot backed up Pennington.
I'm not getting a warm and fuzzy. And so far there has been no formal announcement from the fins. I would have hoped for something after that press conference last week. Who knows? Maybe it will still be coming.
Is he any good? Who the heck knows? But it just doesn't feel like an upgrade so far. And without any ability to install his offense who knows what will happen....
Monday, January 17, 2011
But I have developed a respect for the team and what they've accomplished in 2 years. There's no rational reason for the fins to be where they are.
I expect more. I want them to be competitive. I don't want excuses!!!
I am embracing the reality and trying to do what I can to help this team get out of this defeatist cycle.
And there ya go.
(note: as I typed this I saw the fins just signed a guy who's been following man-genius around, as their new oc. I'm not getting a warm fuzzy. See why I'm peeved?)
And then he said he was having fun. Its fun to play for Rex. He's enjoying himself.
I don't think he ever said that here (or if he did, it was a long, long time ago). And certainly you haven't heard that from any Dolphins players in the last ten years or so. Sheesh, it almost seems like this team is bereft of fun.
And isn't this a game? A sport? Isn't it *supposed* to be fun? Why isn't it? Coaching? Ownership? Approach? Apathy from the fans?
Now for the change of heart I've had: I want the Jets to win it all. I want JT to be happy. And I want him to come back and retire as a Dolphin, and get his name up on the ring of honor.
That way, there would be a monument to the futility of the franchise. A guy in the ring of honor who was very good for this team, but whose chief accomplishment was helping some other team win it all.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Now in the AFC, that Jets-Patriots game was somethin'. I really don't like either team, but a buddy of mine who's a HUGE Jets fan brought me around this week to this: the Pats have won a lot of games these last 10 years, and have all the hype - so why not root against them this weekend?
So I did. And as I sat there and watched it, I was beguiled in a way. Here was the loud-mouthed fat man getting excited about the play on the field and challenging his team to win. And there was the pretty boy with girlie hair (that you couldn't see beneath that stupid stocking cap) and the better-than-everyone-else-just-ask-me coach. It was fun to see them go down in flames.
Having beat the Jets once, and giving away the other game, I came to realize that there is - and yet there isn't - a lot of disparity between either team and the Dolphins. Sure, the Pats had their number twice this year, but sometimes that's football.
And near the end of the game, it hit me like a ton of bricks: I had wanted to see the Seahawks win it all. And when they lost, I was left without a team to root for....so....maybe I should root for....gulp....brace yourself....the Jets???!!!
Now why would any Dolphins fan do such a thing? I have a rational explanation. While the Dolphins were out there dickering with their roster, and doing foolish and sometimes stupid things and Sparano would give a song and a dance about how to motivate his team, Ryan was being unabashed and brash. He told everyone he was going to win it all - and played fantasy football, signing anyone he thought would make his team better.
We all thought it would blow up in his face. But it didn't. Maybe its partly because he has the right attitude, maybe its because he has the *right* mix of players. Who knows?
Realistically, as I look back, the Dolphins should have been trying to beat them at that game. But no. Bill Parcells had everyone keep quiet and decided to do it "his way" and build a 1950s-era team that could smash you in the mouth. No hype. All blah.
Ryan is backing up his words and his attitude with the players on the field. And as much as it pains me to say it, I respect him for it. And of course, a Dolphins fan, I'm jealous!
So Dolphins peeps - Stevie, Jeffy, Tony, even you Billy - I'm calling you out because you DIDN'T do anything to make this team better, give them attitude or swagger, and make believers out of us. And yet the Jets did.
I want the Jets to win it all, if for no other reason than to make the Dolphins look even MORE foolish because Cap'n Izzy should have gotten a guy with charisma to coach this team, rather than inviting celebrities in to be owners. That would beat the hell out of seeing some of these guys at games yukking it up when the team was losing!
The Fins deserve to have a lot of egg on their face. It came to a head a week or so ago, and will continue to be a problem for a while. And I can only laugh. BAWAHAHAHAHA