Miami's Super Bowl chances hurt by stadium decision

A general view of a game between the A general view of a game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles at Sun Life Stadium. (Oct. 20, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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MIAMI -- The Super Bowl might not return to South Florida for a long time.

Ten NFL title games have been played in Miami, but last week the Dolphins were denied public money for a stadium upgrade by the state Legislature. The vote removes South Florida from serious contention for the 50th Super Bowl and perhaps subsequent NFL and college title games as well.

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The defeat in Tallahassee also raises questions about the future of the Dolphins under multibillionaire owner Stephen Ross. He contends $350 million in stadium improvements are badly needed, but he's unwilling to foot the entire bill himself, and ruled out a less expensive, scaled-down renovation.

The Dolphins say they're already heavily in debt, making upgrades impossible without taxpayer help.

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