The future of the Miami Dolphins likely won’t be in the hands of minority owner Bruce Beal as Stephen Ross begins to change succession.
According to multiple reports on the internet tonight, Bruce Beal is on his way out and Stephen Ross is lining up his daughter Jennifer Ross to take over the team when he leaves ownership.
It seems that if this is accurate and comes true, Ross might intend to own the franchise until it happens and then his daughter would be the owner. He has reportedly already taken steps with the league to change the current succession to Beal.
The Dolphins organization was rocked in late July when the NFL handed down stiff penalties to the team and Ross and Beal, which included a combined $2 million fine and suspensions for both. Beal’s suspension was for the entire 2022 season.
The plan was for Beal to take over after Ross died. The plan has been in place since 2016 according to Armando Salguero at Outkick.com.
Salguero, citing a source, says that both Ross and Beal have decided to end the plan and now, Jennifer Ross will be in line for the franchise.
The manipulation Miami was involved in created a bad situation in the league. We wondered if that wouldn’t be a problem shortly after the league-imposed penalties became public. Turns out we were right.
The next question many will want answered is what will Ross’ daughter do with the team once she owns it? Will he hire executives to run the day-to-day operations and stay out of the football side of the business, or will he sell the team for a maximum premium that could increase significantly if the Dolphins start winning?
One thing is for sure, the Dolphins needed to make an internal move after the scandal and considering Beal was a major player and potentially the mastermind behind the attempt to land the future HOF QB, something had to be done. Removing Beal from the Dolphins’ ownership list, if that’s what happens, should probably be done.
As we said in our previous article related to the Beals succession, it was unlikely that the owners would approve it after the incident.