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Red Sox exec to head Dolphins business side?

Word around Boston is that Fenway Sports Group President and Red Sox Chief Operating Officer Mike Dee is leaving Red Sox Nation to become CEO of Dolphins Enterprises. That's the position overseeing the business side of the Dolphins and Dolphin Stadium that's currently held by Joe Bailey, whose contract is set to expire.

Dee isn’t saying anything at this point – he sent me a no comment via email – but installing him on the business side would fit Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ overall vision for the business side of the Dolphins. The Dolphins also had no comment. But Ross has said he’s trying to create a destination and enhance the fan experience at Dolphin Stadium. His Related Cos., built Time Warner Center, the mixed use residential and retail complex in Manhattan.

Beyond the giant brand the Red Sox represent, Fenway Sports Group is the sports marketing arm of New England Sports Ventures. NESV is the holding company for the team, Fenway Park and New England Sports Network.

FSG, formed in 2004, purchased a 50 percent stake in Roush Racing and formed Roush Fenway Racing, a partnership between Red Sox owner John Henry and NASCAR team owner Jack Roush. FSG oversees the marketing for Boston College. The company also owns and operates Red Sox Destinations, which arranges unique trips to see the Red Sox, and Minor League Baseball’s Salem, Va., Red Sox. The company has an equity stake in fanfoto, which takes photos at sporting events that can be ordered and placed on mugs, calendars and other items.

Ross talked this month about making Dolphin Stadium an entertainment destination that reflects the South Florida lifestyle. Stay tuned.

Categories: Dolphin Stadium (31), Miami Dolphins (186)

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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