South Florida has always been a community of extremes, and this is no more evident than in a look at the state of local professional sports ownership. Last week, we celebrated with one of the best managed franchises in sports, the Miami Heat. Their success is based on tenacious attention to details and an understanding of both their sport and the community in which they operate.
But then we also have the Abbott and Costello of sports — Jeffrey Loria and Stephen Ross.
The Marlins are an embarrassment to Major League Baseball and this community. After extracting half a billion dollars for his franchise, Loria is the proud owner of the worst team in the majors. When his most significant strategic initiative is closing off the upper deck it is time to go. He needs to sell the team to local owners who understand this community and can rebuild the credibility he will never again have.
But Ross has to be the worst. After falling short of his money grab to refurbish Dolphin stadium, he has resorted to attacking the three state legislators who protected the people’s interests.
This community deserves better. Perhaps the Heat should consider as one of their community service initiatives providing remedial team ownership training to both Loria and Ross.
Rodolfo Pages, Miami Beach