Tag:Mike Dee
Posted on: August 29, 2011 11:59 pm

Why are the Dolphins going to honor the Gators?

TebowPosted by Josh Katzowitz

University of Miami fans just cannot catch a break, you know?

First, there was that minor issue that Yahoo Sports reported that had something to do with some minor booster giving a few players a few bucks here and there to help them find companionship and to buy some sandwiches and soda pops. Or something along those lines.

If that wasn’t bad enough, now the Dolphins are planning to honor former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and the 2009 national championship when the Broncos come to town in October (Dolphins center Mike Pouncey -- a member of that Florida title team -- obviously will be in attendance, along with former coach Urban Meyer).

Not surprisingly, this bit of news was insulting to Miami fans from a Dolphins perspective and from a Miami Hurricanes perspective. Still, Dolphins CEO Mike Dee defended himself, saying it was a way to generate ticket sales. And besides, he said, he offered the same kind of celebration to the University of Miami for the 10-year anniversary of the Hurricanes last national championship.

"They politely declined and said that they were going to do something to honor that team at one of their own home games," Dee said, via the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "We reached out to both schools at about the same time in early to mid July."

But what about the fact you share your building with the Hurricanes -- who, as you might know, aren’t huge fans of the Gators?
"I know they both have very passionate fan bases,” Dee said. “We certainly root for the 'Canes. They are a partner of ours, a tenant of ours.

"As it relates to having to aggressively market the Dolphins and tickets to our games, we have to be agnostic. We can't not reach out to Dolphins fans who are also Gators fans and try to give them an incentive and a reason to come to a Dolphins game."

Yes, but antagonizing the Hurricanes fans who also attend Dolphins contests probably isn’t the smartest way to accomplish that feat.

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