Miami Dolphins Would Allow County to Back Out of Stadium Deal If They're Not Awarded a Super Bowl
The Miami Dolphins are so confident the NFL is going to hand them a Super Bowl in May they've announced today that they'd let the county back out of any stadium renovation deal if Miami isn't picked as a host.
"We have great confidence that South Florida will be awarded a Super Bowl when the owners meet in Boston on May 22nd," CEO Mike Dee said today in a press conference.
The Dolphins are asking for up to $200 million in public funds to complete upgrades to the aging Sun Life Stadium.
The Dolphins are seeking a public referendum on the deal, but today's pledge means that the county can back out of the deal if the city isn't awarded a Super Bowl.
The key word here being "a."
The Dolphins have centered their campaign on the idea of hosting Super Bowl L. However, team owners will likely announce the host city of Super Bowl LI that same day.
Miami is one of two finalists to host Super Bowl L. The other is Santa Clara, California. The city is currently building a brand new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers. The loser of the Super Bowl L bid will then become a finalist for Super Bowl LI against Houston, Texas.
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