Miami Dolphins bidding for 2018 Super Bowl

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Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross will learn by Wednesday if Sun Life Stadium is a finalist for the 2018 Super Bowl, reports Adam H. Beasley in the Miami Herald.

Ross formally requested consideration this week at the fall meeting of the National Football League, which is being in Washington D.C.

Earlier this year, Ross asked Tallahassee for up to $380 million in taxpayer money for renovations to Sun Life Stadium. Ross lobbied hard to get his plan pushed through, even asking NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to intervene, pledging as much 55 percent of the construction costs from the Dolphins organization and NFL.

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford declined to put the issue up for a House vote, and the motion died in May. The Dolphins eventually lost out to San Francisco and Houston for the 2016 and 2017 games.

Is this week’s effort is part of renewed demand for public funding, asks the Herald.

If the NFL chooses Miami out of the half-dozen cities applying — including Tampa — it will be the eleventh time since 1968 the area will host the Super Bowl, and the sixth time the championship game will be at Sun Life; the last time was in 2010.

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