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.