Miami hates the Dolphins


Miami hates the Dolphins

By Jon Fucile

Things are not going well in Miamis sports world. The Heat couldnt handle the Mavericks. Nobody gives a crap about the Panthers even though they just signed a slew of has-been and never-was players. Now even the Dolphins are suffering.

Despite having roughly 72 celebrity owners, season ticket sales are way down. According the Miami Herald, season ticket sales are the worst they have been in 28 years. The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins had 61,000 season ticket holders in 2006 and 51,000 last year, but this year they barely have 40,000.

As a result, each one of their D-list owners has started offering a bunch of zany promotions in an attempt to get more sales.

Talentless singer, terrible actress and overrated looker Jennifer Lopez has promised that the next one hundred people to purchase season tickets can be extras in her next movie.

This would have worked better if Lopez said she was going to force people to be in her movies if they didnt buy season tickets. Fear is a powerful motivator.

Remember Fergie from the Blacked Eyed Peas? Yeah, neither do we. How fast did her career die? In response, she decided to go to the place where young quarterbacks chances die and she bought a piece of the Dolphins. She has promised a spot as a back up dancer in her next annoying music video to anyone and everyone who buys season tickets!

If she promises to keep her clothes on for the rest of her life and hide that Skeletor face under a paper bag well buy season tickets to the Dolphins right now.

Gloria Estefan not only writes incredibly terrible songs but she also loves to own a part of terrible teams like the Dolphins. She had the right idea, however. She threatened to throw a free concert every day until all Dolphins season tickets were sold out.

The horrified and terrified residents of Miami quickly started scooping up tickets after just the first day because the one thing more painful than watching the Dolphins is listening to Gloria Estefan.

Following Glorias lead, Miami Dolphins part owner and tennis star Serena Williams threatened to pummel any current season ticket holders who did not renew.

Maybe she should threaten the Miami scouts to not be so awful or shell pummel them.

Miami is just ridiculous. They are the NFLs version of the Montreal Canadiens. They are still living off the past, harking back to their undefeated season in the 70s that most of their current fan base was not even alive for. They keep drafting quarterbacks but refusing to properly develop them while also refusing to obtain a reliable veteran quarterback who actually knows how to play football.

Miamis ownership group is proving once again that it is quality, not quantity, which you need to be successful. Even Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder can see that no one is showing up because fans have absolutely zero faith that this franchise wants to win or knows how to build a winner.

Even they can see that this team stands no chance until they get a competent quarterback and even they can see that letting marginal stars or stars that havent been popular since the early 90s is not exactly making fans rush to games. Youre awful, Miami.

Report: Bulls tell teams they won't trade Jimmy Butler

Report: Bulls tell teams they won't trade Jimmy Butler

The Bulls reportedly weren’t making Jimmy Butler available for a trade last month.

As the trade deadline approaches, it seems that hasn’t changed.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:


Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

The teams that talked to the Chicago Bulls today were told, “Just about everybody on our roster is available, but Jimmy Butler is not.”

The Bulls are not obliged to stand by that, and there’s no indication they’ve assured Butler anything. If they’re offered a package more valuable than Butler, they’ll trade him.

But that’s a lot of value.

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MLB may make rule changes for '18 season

MLB may make rule changes for '18 season

PHOENIX - Major League Baseball intends to push forward with the process that could lead to possible rule changes involving the strike zone, installation of pitch clocks and limits on trips to the pitcher's mound. While baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed hope the ongoing process would lead to an agreement, he said clubs would reserve the right to act unilaterally, consistent with the rule-change provision of the sport's labor contract.

Union head Tony Clark said last weekend he did not foresee players agreeing to proposed changes for 2017. Under baseball's collective bargaining agreement, management can alter playing rules only with agreement from the union - unless it gives one year notice. With the one year of notice, management can make changes on its own.

"Unfortunately it now appears that there really won't be any meaningful change for the 2017 season due to a lack of cooperation from the MLBPA," Manfred said Tuesday during a news conference. "I've tried to be clear that our game is fundamentally sound, that it does not need to be fixed as some people have suggested, and I think last season was the kind of demonstration of the potential of our league to captivate the nation and of the game's unique place in American culture."

Yet, he also added: "I believe it's a mistake to stick our head in the sand and ignore the fact that our game has changed and continues to change."

Manfred said while he prefers an agreement, "I'm also not willing to walk away." He said he will send a letter to the union in the coming days and plans to continue dialogue with Clark and others in hopes of reaching agreement.

Clark met with Cactus League teams last week, five at a time over Thursday, Friday and Saturday, before departing Monday for Florida to visit each Grapefruit League club - and proposed rules changes were a topic.

"I have great respect for the labor relations process, and I have a pretty good track record for getting things done with the MLBPA," Manfred said. "I have to admit, however, that I am disappointed that we could not even get the MLBPA to agree to modest rule changes like limits on trips to the mound that have little effect on the competitive character of the game."

Clark saw talks differently.

"Unless your definition of `cooperation' is blanket approval, I don't agree that we've failed to cooperate with the commissioner's office on these issues," he wrote in an email to The Associated Press. "Two years ago we negotiated pace of play protocols that had an immediate and positive impact. Last year we took a step backward in some ways, and this offseason we've been in regular contact with MLB and with our members to get a better handle on why that happened. I would be surprised if those discussions with MLB don't continue, notwithstanding today's comments about implementation. As I've said, fundamental changes to the game are going to be an uphill battle, but the lines of communication should remain open."

Clark added "my understanding is that MLB wants to continue with the replay changes (2-minute limit) and the no-pitch intentional walks and the pace of game warning/fine adjustments."

Manfred said he didn't want to share specifics of his priorities for alterations.

"There's a variety of changes that can be undertaken," Manfred said. "I'm committed to the idea that we have a set of proposals out there and we continue to discuss those proposals in private."

MLB has studied whether to restore the lower edge of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level - at the top of the kneecap. Management would like to install 20-second pitch clocks in an attempt to speed the pace of play - they have been used at Triple-A and Double-A for the past two seasons.

Players also have been against limiting mound meetings. The least controversial change appears to be allowing a team to call for an intentional walk without the pitcher having to throw pitches. In addition, MLB likely can alter some video review rules without the union's agreement- such as shortening the time a manager has to call for a review.

"Most of this stuff that they were talking about I don't think it would have been a major adjustment for us," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Manfred said starting runners on second base in extra innings sounds unlikely to be implemented in the majors. The change will be experimented with during the World Baseball Classic and perhaps at some short-season Class A leagues. Manfred said it was a special-purpose rule "beneficial in developmental leagues."

Manfred also said Tuesday that a renovated Wrigley Field would be a great choice to host an All-Star Game and Las Vegas could be a "viable market for us."

"I don't think that the presence of legalized gambling in Las Vegas should necessarily disqualify that market as a potential major league city," Manfred said.