After getting the brushoff from the Florida Legislature, the Dolphins face a future in South Florida that's “clearly bleak,” team CEO Mike Dee said in a TV interview.
Speaking to WFOR-TV in Miami, Dee said the Dolphins won't pay for any renovations to 26-year-old Sun Life Stadium. Team officials are angry the legislature ended its session Friday without approving a deal that would have provided taxpayer funding for the remodeling plan. Dee insisted the Dolphins were prepared to pay 70 percent of the cost, estimated at $350 million to $400 million.
"We cannot do this without a private-public partnership," Dee said in the interview, via ESPN.com and the Associated Press. "At this time we have no intention of investing more."
Asked about the Dolphins' long-term future in South Florida, Dee said: "I wouldn't want to prognosticate what the future holds, but it's clearly bleak,” according to the report.
Later he was asked whether the team might move to Los Angeles.
"I don't think it's an option for [73-year-old owner] Steve Ross, but for a subsequent owner? The Dolphins are one of the only franchises in the National Football League that do not have a long-term lease with their community," Dee said.
The stadium stalemate all but killed Miami's chance of landing the 2016 or 2017 Super Bowls.