Dolphins CEO Mike Dee Is Leaving the Team

Mike Dee is changing teams, changing coasts and changing leagues. The Miami Dolphins CEO has resigned and will take over as president and CEO of the San Diego Padres.

Dee has been with the team since 2009, but before that had a 15-year-career in MLB front offices in both San Diego and Boston.

In Miami, Dee was only in charge of the business side. General Manager Jeff Ireland reported directly to owner Stephen Ross. In San Diego, the Padres' general manager will report to Dee, so he'll actually have some control over the on-field product there.

"It's a chance to return to my roots," Dee told the Miami Herald. "This is a great opportunity to run a team and a facility. It's a chance to sail a ship I helped construct."

He's got his work cut out for him. The Padres are currently in last place in the NL West, but, hey, at least they're not as bad as the Marlins.

While it appears to have been Dee's decision to leave, his tenure is marked with two failures: a failure to put more butts in those orange seats at Sun Life Stadium and a failure to secure public funding for renovations to that stadium.

Dee will stay with the team for the next two-to-four weeks, but the search is already on for a replacement. According to the Herald, the team hopes to have a new CEO in place by the end of 2013, but could make a hire before the season starts.

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Kyle Munzenrieder