Been a rather quiet few weeks for the Fins of late. I do want to chime in though on a few topics surrounding the Dolphins as we inch closer to the Draft at the end of the month.
Ross in 2013 gave away $200 million to the University of Michigan. Bringing his total up to a $313 million in donations he has given to the school in his lifetime. He also has more money allocated to go to Michigan upon his death. Now we have this news about the Dolphins ownership. Ross is clearly looking to "simplify" his life these days and winding down into his later years. There have also been stories that Ross isn't happy as an NFL owner. That in his other fields of business he has won and been super successful by outspending his competition, out working his competition, and hiring away anyone he wants from his competition. In the NFL you can't do that. There are rules, there is a salary cap, and you can't step on toes of people in the NFL as you will get black-listed (as what happened shortly after the Tony Sparano/Jim Harbaugh debacle.) Ross's family is also a group that does not want to own an NFL franchise. There in lies Bruce Beal Jr. A 40 something who has had life handed to him on a silver platter. Someone who was born on 3rd base and thinks he hit a triple. He comes from a rich real estate family and he himself has worked for Stephen Ross in NYC real estate for many years.
Not a surprise Ross might want out from the day to day grind and media scrutiny of being an NFL owner. Ross has already left his mark on the franchise. Ross's legacy will be the stadium and the team staying in South Florida for 30 more years. The rebuild, the roof, the luxury state of art stadium that will be up by the end of the year, that's Ross's Dolphins legacy. Certainly it isn't and won't be anytime soon anything taking place on the field. It would not shock me in the least to see Ross sell (essentially give the team away) to his buddy and co-worker Bruce Beal Jr. Letting Ross take a back-seat role and just be a glorified fan who is in the owners box at every home game with his friend Bruce. To me, this is where this is all headed and I see it happening rather quickly.