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Losing Super Bowl L, Super Bowl LI doesn't 'dampen' Miami's 'enthusiam'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Stephen Ross isn't upset about losing the SB in Miami. (USATSI)
Miami lost out big-time on the biggest event of the NFL calendar. (USATSI)

The city of Miami was the big loser on Tuesday, as San Francisco and Houston were awarded Super Bowl L and Super Bowl LI, respectively.

But Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said that missing out on a pair of Super Bowls doesn't "dampen our enthusiasm" for chasing the biggest event of the NFL calendar in the future.

"Congratulations to San Francisco and Houston on Super Bowl L and LI. However, we don't think there's a better place in the country to host Super Bowl than right here in South Florida," Ross said in a statement released by the team. "I am grateful for the hard work and creative energy that the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee showed in their bid. Today's decision doesn't dampen our enthusiasm to pursue Super Bowls in the future, since we are steadfast in our belief that those games are good for the South Florida community."

Miami's hosted five Super Bowls since they moved to Sun Life Stadium (originally named Joe Robbie Stadium in 1987, with about 50 changes since then) and apparently had a very good proposal prepared for the NFL owners in Boston.

However, Miami couldn't pull off landing taxpayer money to help with renovations -- the stadium bill didn't even make it up for a vote in the Florida House of Representatives before getting killed -- and that ultimately was the cause of the city losing in the Super Bowl bidding.

"The vote didn't really surprise me. I had hope, because there was a great bid put together. But that the stadium was definitely the issue," Ross said on NFL Network after losing the bid. "I can't do it alone -- I think I went out further than any owner's ever gone out in offering to a city to really put up money and deliver a new, modernized stadium. So I think I'm going to have to do it with local people -- I think they'll realize the weather alone won't bring marquee events."

Ross was asked by Jeff Darlington of NFL Network if he'd be willing to go with a full-blown privately-funded renovation and said he believes that such a renovation "has to be a public-private partnership."

We'll see how that goes -- Miami's obviously a little bit jaded thanks to the nightmare that was the new Marlins stadium followed by the same Marlins ownership tricks -- but for now Miami's been put on the backburner for a Super Bowl until they can approve stadium renovations.

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