The NFL wants the Dolphins to remain in Miami, commissioner Roger Goodell told NFL.com's Steve Wyche on Thursday:
"We do want to see the Dolphins stay in Miami," Goodell said. "We want to see them stay in a facility that will allow them to compete, and to bring in other big events, including Super Bowls. And that takes work, it takes investment, and Steve Ross was doing the investing and was really the guy who was putting his heart and soul into this and his passion into this."
The comments come after the Florida legislature failed to consider a bill before the end of the legislative session that would have allowed for public funding of improvements to Sun Life Stadium. Goodell said he would have preferred the stadium proposal go to the voters on a direct referendum, but that both he and Dolphins ownership did not want the failed bill to force the relocation of the franchise. That statement is somewhat contradictory to those of Dolphins CEO Mike Dee, who hinted earlier this week that the Dolphins could look to relocate.
Goodell has not lost hope that the Dolphins will eventually receive the requested public funding, and plans to remain involved with the promotion of the bill:
"Of course we will stay involved, we will do whatever is necessary because we do think it's right for all of Florida. We think it's particularly good for the Miami-Dade area. It will help attract bigger events, and that will have a real economic impact on the community."
Miami had planned to bid for Super Bowl L, but renovation plans have been put on hold after the legislature's vote, and the bid is nearly certain to fall short without the proposed repairs.