The Miami Dolphins hoped to hear their name called when the NFL announced the locations of the next two Super Bowls, but it was not to be. Instead, the Dolphins heard the names of the San Francisco 49ers and the Houston Texans which leaves Miami in the cold for the next couple of years.
It has been no secret that the Dolphins were eager to host one of the next two Super Bowls, but the team was unable to secure funding for improvements to Sun Life Stadium and that turned out to be the deal breaker for the NFL owners.
This comes as no surprise, considering the team had been told by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that they needed to update the stadium and failure to do so could result in Tuesday’s snub. The Dolphins did what they could to make those improvements a reality, but the request for help never even made it to a vote in the Florida Legislature. When the vote died, so did any realistic chance of the Super Bowl being held in South Florida.
This made it simple for the owners to select the 49ers to host Super Bowl L and then the Texans to host Super Bowl LI. Having hosted 10 Super Bowls of their own, it is likely the Dolphins will be considered a front runner when the selection process starts all over again; as long as they make the required improvements to their 26-year-old stadium, that is.
Team owner Stephen Ross said in a statement that the organization would not stop in their efforts to bring the Super Bowl back to South Florida.
“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. I am grateful for the hard work and creative energy that the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee showed in their bid. [Tuesday'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.”
There are many who doubt that Ross is sincere in anything he says to the public, but this is one item they should trust implicitly. Ross knows that hosting the NFL’s biggest event is beneficial to everyone involved, especially the community his team calls home. Ross is working hard to get the people of South Florida to love him as an owner, and while this has seemed an impossible challenge at times, he has not been deterred. He has paid top dollar to bring new talent into South Florida, and he will continue to fight to bring the Super Bowl back, too.
You may not have it in you to like the guy, but you should definitely respect his level of commitment.
Jeff Everette covers the NFL, specifically the Miami Dolphins, for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @jeverettesports, “like” his page on Facebook, “Trust” him on Sulia, or join his circles on Google+.