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Thanks to Jeff Loria, Miami gets shut out of the Super Bowl

May 21, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

Jeffrey Loria AP

The NFL just granted Super Bowls L and LI to San Carlos Santa Clara, California and Houston, respectively. Also in the running was Miami, but it was shafted. Why? Because neither Miami nor the State of Florida would pony up taxpayer dollars for upgrades to the Sun Life Stadium. Why wouldn’t they? Florio gives the overview, but you know it already:

Still, with the Marlins debacle and the current mood against what has been described persuasively as “welfare for billionaires,” the citizens and politicians have a hard time seeing the investment of public dollars as a benefit to the region.

If I lived in Florida I’d say “good.” But I figure a lot of people in Florida probably wanted the Super Bowl to come back there for whatever reason. Either way, I think it’s inescapable that the public ire and anti-politician backlash that resulted from Loria building Marlins Park had a lot to do with all of this.

Not that anyone’s learning from it. Based on my Twitter feed, all of the stakeholders in the NFL are venting their fury at the government, and in turn, the taxpayers, for not ponying up. And in doing so there is no shortage of arrogance and a sense of entitlement about all of this on the part of the NFL.

So I guess I’m torn. Screw Jeff Loria, but man, he really has angered a lot of NFL people. Let’s call it a draw and go home.

  1. bfunk1978 - May 21, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    I call it a net win. He’s an asshole and NFL people are mad. What more could you ask for?

  2. Old Gator - May 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Let’s not get so upset over this that we give Scrooge McLoria credit for something.

  3. senioreditor2 - May 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    If you want to play their game, you need to play by their rules……if they ever want another Super Bowl they’ll build a stadium. Just ask San Diego, no Super Bowl since 1998 and soon they’ll have no team

    • paperlions - May 21, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Hmmmm….football team and super bowl or better public education and services? Gee, what a hard choice.

      You can still enjoy football (or baseball) and let some other group of idiots pay for the privilege. If every city/state, told the NBA/NFL/MLB/NHL to go jump in a lake when they look for hundreds of millions of dollars in hand outs, then teams would have anywhere to move, and owners would once again have to build their own stadiums….or, crazy as it seems, if they want the public to build the stadium, they have to share in the profits that stadium generates.

      • jimmyt - May 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        Let me know when you see all that “better public education and services” will you? All the tax dollars go into the bottomless pit we call government.

    • mattshef24 - May 21, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      Um yea nice fact checking senioreditor2, san diego hosted the super bowl in 2002…..

      • gloccamorra - May 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM

        That was different – they weren’t award it, the 49ers were given the super bowl before their stadium got built, and it never got built. It was due for a west coast SB and San Diego volunteered to save the NFL’s tushie. Tagliabue rewarded San Diego by pointedly asking why the Super Bowl was there, since the city hadn’t fixed the obstructed 3000 field level seats used for baseball (Petco was delayed two years by lawsuits).

        I wouldn’t be too sure about San Diego losing the Chargers. They’d love to move to L.A. but City Hall there won’t build a new stadium either, and anyway, the Raiders still have rights to L.A. – the league made Al Davis pay millions to buy out the expansion rights when they moved there, and Davis’ family is still in charge of the Raiders, and just might be willing to make the NFL or the moving team pay big bucks.

        There was talk of a new football stadium in Dodger Stadium parking lot, but Frank McCourt still owns an interest in the lots and is ideally placed to screw that option up.

        Even if the Chargers moved, the city is too attractive to other teams’ owners who might like a change of scenery, like maybe Buffalo, or Green Bay, or even Indianapolis. A year without the Chargers will make it easier to renovate or replace Qualcomm Stadium – probably with Qualcomm money.

  4. shullstein - May 21, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Gawd I hope you mean Santa Clara is hosting and not San Carlos. Playing on the SFO tarmac would be a bit too much of a throwback

    • asimonetti88 - May 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      If they want to play on an airport tarmac they might as well just play the game on the Redskins’ field.

  5. mirmz - May 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    It’s unfortunate that taxpayers had to get fleeced in order for politicians to realize that giving away millions of dollars to billionaires for their pet stadiums is an unwise decision, both economically and (now, thank god) politically. Maybe now local leaders throughout the country will look at this and say, “Hmm, it’s probably not a great idea to give away taxpayer dollars to publicly finance stadiums.”

    But probably not.

    • lmoneyfresh - May 21, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      While that sounds fantastic, the rich will always help each other get richer.

  6. bobwsc - May 21, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    he looks like he smells like pee

    • jcmeyer10 - May 21, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      “You mean to say, with these glasses, I don’t have to actually watch my own team play baseball. Good sir, you have just been promoted”.

  7. rcali - May 21, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Thanks Loria! Signed, Green Bay.

  8. Brian Borgia - May 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    San Carlos? Don’t you mean Santa Clara? It makes sense to have it at what will be the newest stadium in the NFL

  9. dowhatifeellike - May 21, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    If the taxpayers have to pay to get the game, they should get all of the proceeds. That’ll never happen.

  10. fearthehoody - May 21, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    A Super Bowl in NorCOW !? For the sake of saving tourist’s nostrils from the pleasant scent of cow pies, sourdough, and meth all in one. Bring it to the rose bowl!

    • mattshef24 - May 21, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      stupid comment…must be a doyers fan.. rose bowl would never work and it’s totally outdated to host a sb, but then again maybe the grass parking lots would be a nice change….NOT!!!

  11. coryfor3 - May 21, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Public dollars for private projects are a bad idea. It is government paying to convince private entities to make bad business decisions.

  12. 32stork - May 21, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    “all of the stakeholders in the NFL are venting their fury at the government, and in turn, the taxpayers, for not ponying up. And in doing so there is no shortage of arrogance and a sense of entitlement about all of this on the part of the NFL.”

    My heart pumps purple piss for them.

  13. lukescottsbedsidemanner - May 22, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Jeff Loria is my HomeBoy

  14. rlj2170 - May 22, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    San Quentin will get a super bowl before Miami ever gets it again

  15. rasalghoul - May 22, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    ” Even if the Chargers moved, the city is too attractive to other teams’ owners who might like a change of scenery, like maybe Buffalo, or Green Bay, or even Indianapolis. ”

    I understand that this is a baseball forum but I think you may have overlooked a small issue in your “move Green Bay to San Diego ” plan.

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