Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross Enters MLS Expansion Game

Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross Enters MLS Expansion Game

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 11, 2013
  • 3 Comments
  • Features, Miami Expansion, MLS Expansion
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is interested in owning a MLS team. (Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE)

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is interested in owning a MLS team. (Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE)

Look out David Beckham, your South Beach Major League Soccer expansion plans may have some competition.

Speaking at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit on Wednesday, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has thrown his hat in the MLS expansion game.

Ross’ RSE Ventures has been bringing European friendlies to Sun Life Stadium, and now Ross has his eye on the U.S. league. But in the same breath as he disclosed his intention, he said that MLS may not grow as large as some expect because media revenues are not so large. Ross also noted that his early strategy of finding celebrity owners of the Dolphins had “backfired,” because the media had criticized him so heavily for it. Celebrities who bought small slices of the team include Gloria Estefan, Venus and Serena Williams, and Marc Anthony.

This isn’t the first time that Ross has claimed his desire to own a MLS franchise. Back in March he told the Palm Beach Post that he was eager to get a MLS team.

 

It will be interesting to see what this does to the Beckham/Marcelo Claure bid that is hanging around out in Miami as well. You have to think that the league will take the Beckham bid a little more serious since it is their golden goose after all.

 

  • Bob

    Did Ross both compliment and insult the league? Is he trying to maneuver around paying the large expansion fee with negative comments like “MLS may not grow as large as some expect”? What a moron. Please, Becks/Claure save Miami!

    • Ha yeah he totally did. Not the best way to get a club there Ross.

      • joeyT

        Yeah, I agree with Bob, though, he’s really just negotiating the fee, just like Joey Saputo did back in his day. (Of course, Saputo ended up paying nearly MLS’s initial asking price of $40 million, so I guess he lost. And Ross is worse off because there’s a local competitor in Claure/Beckham.)