Originally posted on Phins Phocus  |  Last updated 7/17/13
Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee is leaving the organization to become the President and CEO of the San Diego Padres. Dee, who took over the role of Dolphins CEO in 2009, will remain with the team for the next few weeks before making the trip to San Diego. The Dolphins' business model of splitting the franchise into a football operations side and a business operations side is expected to remain in tact. With this model, General Manager Jeff Ireland and the CEO report to owner Stephen Ross but not to each other. Dee's departure ends an overall disappointing tenure in Miami. Despite organizing many successful charity events over the past few years as well as returning the Dolphins fight song to home games, it will be overshadowed by the fact that the effort to upgrade Sun Life Stadium with public funding, failed. Dee should be credited for his continuous efforts to form a relationship with the fan base and his passion for the team. Expect the Dolphins to make the decision on a new CEO that will not have any impact on football operations rather quickly. Once the new CEO is named however, he will have a lot on his plate to deal with. The effort to gain public funding for stadium renovations will surely be revisted in the furture and increasing the amount of Dolphins season ticket holders will be a top priority. Unless the Dolphins end the streak of four consecutive losing seasons, it will be challenging to build upon the current total of 40,000 season ticket holders.
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