LeBron, Wade try to recruit Peyton Manning to Dolphins


Well, if Peyton Manning comes to Miami it’s not like he is joining a super team…

But the guys from Miami’s existing super team — the Miami Heat — made their pitch to get Manning to take his talents to South Beach.

First Dwyane Wade tweeted this:

I’m just gonna put it out thr..peyton that number 18 wld look gr8 in a dolphins uniform..steve ross let’s go.. marlins & heat style..All in

Steve Ross is the star-struck owner of the Dolphins, one of the many teams that apparently have made a pitch to Manning’s people.

Then after the Heat game Wednesday LeBron James — a big football fan — threw his weight behind the Manning to Miami movement, according to our man Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel.

“I’m just sayin’,” LeBron said. “Dolphins need a quarterback, and Peyton’s available….

“No, (Manning is) not a friend of mine,” LeBron said. “But I’m a Miami Heat player, and I want Miami sports to be great: The U, the Dolphins, the Marlins, the Heat, of course.”

Maybe Wade, LeBron and Chris Bosh should tweet a photo of them all sitting around an empty chair and say there is just one thing missing. It worked once before.

My guess is even if Manning comes to Miami, he’ll be a little less active on the South Beach social scene than Wade and LeBron.

Magic Johnson talks with Miami Dolphins about celebrity owner role


Serena and Venus Williams own a piece of the Miami Dolphins. So does Gloria Estefan, Fergie (from Black Eyed Peas) and Marc Anthony. It’s the Dolphins celebrity owner club, part of the South Beach party atmosphere at Dolphins games (all the better to distract people from Chad Henne and that Miami offense).

Now Magic Johnson has spoken to main Dolphins owner Stephen Ross about a role, according to the Associated Press.

“I like Stephen Ross a lot,” Johnson said Friday while attending the Miami Heat’s game against Orlando. “Of course if he wants me to do business with him, we’re going to do business together. If I can’t get something done in L.A. and if he asks me to join the Dolphins, would I? Of course I would.”

“He’s a smart businessman, and he’s a fun businessman,” Johnson said. “See, that’s the difference between a lot of owners. He understands marketing and making it fun, a great atmosphere.

“But my No. 1 priority is to bring the NFL back to L.A.”

If your goal is to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles, it’s smart to have a fallback plan.

Magic recently sold off his 4.5 percent of the Lakers, as well as selling off the 105 Starbucks that he owned. That’s a lot of cash on hand, which he wants to use to start to turn that into an ownership stake in a professional sports team.

I don’t see this working out. The celebrity owners of the Dolphins are figureheads, Magic is looking for a meaty role. He wants to be the face of an NFL franchise in Los Angeles or an NBA team somewhere. Magic is a lot of things, but a figurehead is not one of them.

Heat, Dolphins in legal battle over who gets radio airwaves Oct. 31


WBGG — Big 105.9  in Miami — has it all. Classic rock all week, so you can get your Foreigner fix, with Miami Dolphin and Miami Heat games. It’s the perfect mix (if you actually like Foreigner for some inexplicable reason)…

Unless the Heat and Dolphins have games at same time, and both have contracts that say they have to be on the big Clear Channel station. Then everybody gets angry we are off to court, as the Hollywood Reporter had today.

The question has spilled into litigation, as the Heat have just filed legal action against Clear Channel. The team is coming off a high-profile off-season, recruiting James and Chris Bosh, but now the team is claiming that Clear Channel is breaching its contract by favoring the Dolphins.

According to the complaint, the team’s two-year-old broadcast rights agreement with Clear Channel specifies that if another Florida sports team was granted a rights agreement, the Heat would be entitled to an equivalent package.

What is really going on here? Here’s my best guess: the Heat got a look at the Dolphins radio deal because of all this and they realize they could get more — now that they are THE MIAMI HEAT.

According to the lawsuit, Clear Channel’s agreement with the Dolphins granted the team broadcast rights on WBGG-FM as well as WINZ-AM, plus the right to sell advertising. The broadcaster allegedly also gave the Dolphins two hours of pre and post-game time whereas the Heat only got a half hour. The Heat claim Clear Channel also gave the Dolphins rights to create other shows such as twice weekly specials devoted to interviews with coaches and players, as well as an HD channel centered on the Dolphins. Other considerations were allegedly made, including outdoor promotions, public service announcements, charitable events and rights fees that were more favorable to the Dolphins.

The Heat are claiming breach of contract, meaning now they really want to renegotiate their deal since they are the shizzle.

As for who the people of Miami want to hear, Dolphins or Heat? Probably Foreigner.

Dolphins' Brandon Marshall wants to play NBA basketball, is serious

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bmarshall_dolphins.jpgWell, this is interesting. According to ESPN.com’s Adam Schefeter, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall plans to play NBA basketball if there is an NFL lockout next season:

 Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall said Thursday that if NFL teams lock out the players next year, he will try out for the NBA.
Marshall said he plans to audition for either the Denver Nuggets or the Miami Heat.
“My first team will be the Nuggets and my second team will be the Heat — I’m serious,” Marshall said.
Asked to clarify whether he will pursue a basketball career if there is no NFL season in 2011, Marshall said: “Not pursuing — I’m going to be on an NBA team. Seriously.”
Marshall said he was good enough to play shooting guard professionally.

If Marshall doesn’t end up with an NBA job, it evidently won’t be because of a lack of self-confidence. Some NBA players do have football backgrounds, although it’s generally the smaller players that find basketball is better suited to their talents — Allen Iverson was the quarterback of his state champion high school team, and Nate Robinson was a cornerback for the Washington Huskies. LeBron James was an all-state wide receiver for St. Vincent/St. Mary’s, although he didn’t play football during his senior season. 

Marshall is 6-4, and players his size have generally had more success going from basketball to football — Antonio Gates was a basketball player before he started his football career, Tony Gonzalez played basketball for Berkeley, Teyo Johnson played both football and basketball for Stanford, and Julius Peppers was a walk-on and a key reserve for the UNC Tar Heels.
In general, athletes as tall as Marshall are either straight-line fast, bulky, and strong enough to play NFL football or quick, lanky, and coordinated enough to play NBA basketball, but not both. However, there are exceptions to every rule, and Marshall clearly believes he is one. 
Of course, the irony in all of this is that there’s a very good chance the NBA will have a lockout to start the 2011 season, which makes Marshall’s plan somewhat flawed — maybe Marshall should start working on controlling his breaking pitches and having his agent find out which MLB teams might need a middle reliever.