The good news is that Stephen Ross has a successor in place, and a new owner can’t come fast enough.
The bad news is that the new owner, who would take over upon Ross’s death–and who also has the first right to buy the team from Ross any time he is alive—is another New York City businessman.
More than likely a Jet fan like Ross. His name is Bruce Beal.
Ross’s people also insisted that he has no plans to sell the team. But in naming a successor, at least the plans are in place if he changes his mind. The way the deal works is that no one except Beal can buy the team unless Beal allows it. I suppose that’s better than leaving the team to charity or to an uninterested family member, which is what happened when Tim Robbie decided to turn his father’s beloved team over to businessman H. Wayne.
I think H. Wayne was the last Dolphin owner to actual like the Dolphins. Time will tell about Mr. Beal.