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Marlins trade outrage could spill over for Dolphins

The Dolphins could have a more difficult time finding support for renovations to Sun Life Stadium.

Doug Benc

Backlash from the recent Miami Marlins trade with the Toronto Blue Jays could affect the Dolphins' efforts to upgrade Sun Life Stadium. Miami is in the running to host the 2016 Super Bowl, and the team could be looking to improve its 25-year-old stadium in the interim.

But the Marlins, whose new ballpark was funded primarily with taxpayer dollars, have created a lot of ill will in the area by dealing Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes -- among others -- to the Blue Jays in a blockbuster trade. The anger from fans may make it harder for the Dolphins to find taxpayer support for any renovations to its stadium.

South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee chairman Rodney Barreto said taxpayers are now confronted with "a real gut check. Do we want to be hosting future Super Bowls? That becomes the real question."

Miami is competing with Santa Clara, CA, for the right to host the 2016 Super Bowl.

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