Stephen Ross Is Bringing an International Soccer Tournament to Sun Life Stadium

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Miami Dolphins owner Stephen "Chad Henne Is The Next Dan Marino" Ross is bringing an international soccer tournament to South Florida which is kind of like the World Cup, but not at all like it in the least.

Ross is expected to announce that South Florida will host matches for what is being called the International Champions Cup in a press conference Tuesday. Fox Soccer Channel is expected to broadcast the tournament this year until it eventually folds and becomes a network for preteens or something.

The details are sketchy, and there's no word yet on which nations will be participating (although our hunch is it'll be a mix of countries that represent the latino/Caribbean/South American communities of South Florida), but the tourney is expected to be a single-ellimination throw down featuring at least eight teams.

But when you consider that at least one team from the the top leagues in England, Spain, Germany, and Italy will be taking part in the tournament, things suddenly start looking very cool. The MLS's L.A. Galaxy will likely be taking part as well.

Politically, this kind of puts a dent into Ross' argument that Sun Life needs renovations or else no one will ever want to play a major game or tournament here ever again thus preventing people from coming and spending their money, since the International Champions Cup coming to SoFla is already a done deal.

Hell, last year the stadium drew 48,000 to a friendly soccer match that was played in a torrential rain storm.

Now this tournament.

Yet, Miami-Dade is totally gonna get fleeced up the rectum again. This time by Ross and his cronies.

Good luck with that, Miami-Dade!

Anyway, RSE Ventures, the organizer behind the tournament, is currently negotiating with international clubs to be part of the tournament.

Matches will be played on both the east and west coasts, in about seven stadiums with Sun Life being one of them.


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If you can't win football games, may as well give soccer a shot...


If Ross CAN afford it ,pay it back or have the NFL generate magical funds for this renovation, then why use Tax payer money?

Cant a billionaire get a bank loan?


Ross lives in Palm Beach; The Dolphins staff and players ALL live in Broward. The Dolphins fly out of Fort Lauderdale. Nothing of the Dolphins is done in the heart of Miami. Miami Gardens is NOT the heart of Miami. The only Miami in the Dolphins is in the Name.

Look up Economists Judith Grant Long. She did a study on 99 major sport facilities and on an average 40% of public subsidies for those 99 stadiums ,, are UNDER REPORTED. Due to issues such as contributed Tax exemptions , Contributed land costs(in this case land cost isn’t an issue), Infrastructure costs, etc...Meaning with the Dolphins, the real cost will not be 150 or 200million of our hard earned money, it will be much higher. The actual number ?; no one will really know. Only our grandchildren will know.


Other economists Phil Parter(un.of SF) and Allen Sanderson(un.of Chicago) did a study on 30 U.S. cities with new Sport-facilities... and concluded "NO MEASURABLE IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY" transpires within local community. Another study by Dennis Coates(un.of Maryland) and Brad Humphreys(un.of Alberta) found the “new stadiums have little or no impact on jobs”, because the money spent is typically funneled to a small number of athletes and owners who often live elsewhere(as such with the Dolphins).

To pay part of the $200million public subsidy , Dolphins want the state to REMOVE corporate tax exceptions to Florida banks that exempt our banks from corporate taxes on revenue earned from foreign deposits and off-shore loans. This $10million tax exemption is one of the reasons our international banks are here and that today we have 6$billion in foreign deposits!



What could our community do with $400million in tax dollars that Steve Ross wants for his new stadium? Well,,$200million will get us a new world class convention center in Miami beach ;which would employ and create more than 1000 permanent jobs and have 150 event days,, NOT JUST 8 HOME FOOTBALL GAMES PER YEAR and an occasional Super Bowl! We should have a world class convention center that can compete with Vegas and Orlando... the other $200MILLION would get us a world class aquarium , rebuild Miami Marine Stadium and build a new Maritime Center to have permanent boat shows year around.

Again,, The only Miami in Dolphins is the name. If they work, fly and live in Broward then Broward should solely help Steve Ross raise the capital.

Who would benefit from the $400million?
-Broward hotels


Do you really think once(if) Ross gets his new stadium he won’t change the name of the stadium and keep all the new revenue from the new stadium name for himself? What about a new seat tax? yep that too! Every single NFL owner includes a new seat tax with his new stadium. That money will not go back to the public. Just ask the Colts how it went for them.

I am a Dolphin/Canes fan ,but I‘m afraid this town is no longer a football town. The Miami football spirit has slowly been dying since the Dolphins left and now the Canes , to Sun Life Stadium..Miami has changed and still is changing for the better ;which is becoming a Gotham style city and last time I checked Paris ,Tokyo ,Singapore and New York are not defined by their sporting clubs. The Greenbays, Clevelands of the world desperately need sports, but Miami doesn’t.


Miami’s Hispanic community ,demographically , is 30% stronger/higher than Anglo and African Americans. The Hispanic community will vote NO to Steve Ross, For two simple reasons: Ross is a Billionaire and the Dolphins have done nothing to reach out to the Hispanic community since 1986. We have no true connection with the Dolphins, only (occasionally) through TV….. Broward physically and economically does have a connection.

 Since the referendum will end with a NO VOTE, all the details within the language of the recent Gimenez/Dolphins Deal  is subject to -the results of the referendum. Meaning If a No Vote, Ross will threaten Gimenez with moving the Dolphins to Los Angeles if Gimenez doesn’t ignore the results of the NO Vote-referendum . Understand, no mayor will ever want to lose an historic franchise under their watch. This recently happened with the Colts RCA/Lucas Oil Stadium. The owner threatened to leave and made trips to California and Vegas  only to scare the Indianapolis Mayor and local media . Ross already has a heavy presence in Los Angeles. I know Ross moving the Dolphins sounds insane, but it can happen and Ross is a New Yorker and a Billionaire. Being worth Billions makes one numb to the feelings of a community.

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