In a disgusting move by the NFL, the league has officially taken away one of the Dolphins’ home games next year.
The Patriots get 8 home games.
The Jets get 8 home games.
The Bills get 8 home games.
The Dolphins get 7.
Home field advantage is one of the prize goals that every team strives for. Each year, in Weeks 15, 16, and 17, plenty of NFL teams have already clinched a playoff berth, but they go out and fight in their final games. Why?
Why? Because home field advantage in pro football is THAT important.
Travelling to London is a gruelling task for everyone involved. The players have to play in an odd time zone. The travel staff have to arrange passports for hundreds of players and staff. (Not to mention the difficulty and red tape involved when players with a criminal record have to apply for special permission to leave the country.) It’s a mess.
The NFL already demanded that the Dolphins fly to London THIS year. And now they are making us do it again? At the expense of one of our HOME GAMES against a heated division rival?
“We are very appreciative of the outstanding support from our fans in the UK,” said some NFL suit named Mark Waller, who must obviously be a Jet fan. Dear Mark, why don’t you appreciate the outstanding support of the South Florida fans? Why are you catering to a foreign country at the Dolphins’ expense.
This is a slap in the face to the Dolphins.
I am curious about Stephen Ross’s involvement. Was he given the chance to veto this? Did he willingly accept it? Or did the league foist this upon him despite his protests? Given that Mr. Ross has a long history of trying to spread the Dolphins experience out there (celebrity owners, stadium nightclubs), I wouldn’t be surprised if he willingly sought out another game in London. Why allow your team to play a game at home when instead they can play in a foreign country and get more exposure? If he accpeted this London game on his own, the he simply doesn’t understand what it takes to win.
His top priority MUST be the Miami Dolphins, and not the international goodwill of the game of football.