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New Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel fires 2 top officials

 

ABEASLEY@MIAMIHERALD.COM

New Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel, on the job for just a week, has already shaken up the franchise’s front office.

On Wednesday, Garfinkel let go of chief financial officer Mark Brockelman and chief revenue officer Jim Rushton, both of whom were hired by Garfinkel’s predecessor, Mike Dee.

Brockelman oversaw all aspects of the financial and administrative departments within the organization. Rushton was responsible for revenue associated with the Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium.

The Dolphins in recent years have struggled financially, primarily because of dwindling attendance. The team in 2012 drew the fewest fans to Sun Life Stadium in more than two decades, and told Miami-Dade County commissioners that they expect to their losses this season to be in the millions.

However, business appeared to pick up after the Dolphins’ free agent spending spree. TV ratings are up, Sunday’s game against the Falcons is nearly sold out, and the team has already sold more total tickets for its 2013 home schedule than it did in all of 2012.

“The organization decided to go in different direction,” Rushton told the Miami Herald via text message. “I am extremely proud of what the business side has accomplished over the past four years in sponsorship, integrated media and ticket sales, particularly setting the business up to be playoff ready when that time comes on the field.

“This organization is positioned for greatness for years to come. I look forward to my next adventure in sports!”

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