Regarding middle America, again you completely disregard demographics and the fact that you have families that have lived around places like Philly for multiple generations. They are brought up to have undying support to their local team not matter what ( ). They put their teams on some weird pedestal and can't believe that others don't do that. They forget that it is first and foremost a business, an entertainment business. Hey, maybe you're entertained by **** football. Maybe you enjoyed the past decade as much as you did the Marino years. But that's not the mentality you'll find everywhere else. That won't happen in a place like Miami. Ever. If a team loses it's support it's because it's been a **** ball of horrible football for a few years, in the case of our beloved Miami Dolphins, it's been over a decade. Won't work. The people they need to cater too and get into the stands aren't people that grew up on Dolphins football and they don't come from generations of Dolphins fans that grew up in the area and never left (I won't get into the demographics shift because I already did and it was disregarded).
So, save you're patronizing nonsense. I guarantee nobody there gives a **** about how disappointed you are in them. They won't support a perennial loser. Call it fairweather, call it fickle, call it whatever the hell you want; but the fact is that the Miami Dolphins and other sports teams are BUSINESSES. That requires knowing their market. People will only come to watch exciting football? Here's an idea, field exciting football! Introduce great football to the new generations of Miami(ans?). Make moves that will lead to a winning team. Sorry, but drafting a cornfed lineman over QB indicates that they clearly haven't known how to do that. Hopefully they're heading in the right direction, but until they do, expect to see the stands empty. Expect to continue being "disappointed" in the locals. The team isn't going anywhere. I have no doubt Ross knows exactly what kind of market it is. He knows just how much this team can make (already makes despite low attendance) once they field a perennial winner. So, no, there's no serious threat.
"Special combination." You said it. Bad stadium. Bad location. That's a terrible mix for anyone trying to market their product to a consumer. Things change. And some fans get it and some don't. The NFL is a billion dollar business and they're always looking to make more. That's the reason for the new rule changes that benefit the offenses. Offenses bring big television ratings which bring in more money. We're not fans anymore, we're consumers.
But then you have contributing problems which are smaller problems, yet still very much so a problem. Ticket prices, scorching heat, disconnect from the players, etc. It really pisses me off that now that the Marlins have left Jimmy Buffett Beer Stand Stadium, we still have that HUGE gap between the first row of seats and the sideline.
Then you have what TheWalrus referred to as "special combinations" such as stadium experience and bad location. I like that phrase "special combination." If a bad stadium in a bad location has bad parking, I can fix the bad parking by changing the way traffic funnels in and out of my lots. However, I still have a bad stadium in a bad location with easy access parking.
As far as the bad stadium excuse. That's a personal preference issue. If the stadium is keeping you from going to the games then stay home , we don't need fans at the game that are more concerned with the color of the bathroom walls than the actual game.
It would be so much easier and preferable all around to build a new state of the art stadium off the Sawgrass/ I 75 near the BB&T Center in Sunrise where the Panthers play. It's a much better, safer location with a lot more to do around it, a fast clear shot across on 595 from the beach or I95.. or from the west coast soon after coming off Alligator Alley. It's more accessible from PB County and beyond and not an awful commute further for Miami folks. Situating it on the edge of the Everglades right in the center of the tri county market is the ticket for renewed enthusiasm and consequent success if fielding a decent team.