One thing about Norman Braman if there’s something he doesn’t like he’ll come out in the open and say it. Not too long ago he fought public funding of the Miami Marlins stadium. This time he’s fighting the use of tourist tax dollars to help fund $400 million in upgrades to Sun Life Stadium where the Miami Dolphins play.
As far as he’s concerned he considers this a subsidy for multi-billionaires (since these days you’ll have to be a billionaire to own a major sports team). Stephen Ross who is pushing for the project says he would invest $200 million of his own money in the project and seek tax revenue tourists generate to help cover the rest of the costs. This has put Norman in a fighting mood and vows to stop this from happening.
His activism goes beyond stadiums. In the Miami-Date County he bankrolled a recall of Mayor Carlos Alvarez in 2011 and 90 percent of voters chose to remove the mayor. In 2012 he funded four commissioner candidates to run against more established county commissioners, two were defeated, two moved on into run-off elections.
Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Norman was a waterboy in his teenage years at the Philadelphia Eagles training camp. As things turned out he would become the sole owner of the Eagles in 1986. He sold the team in 1994. Norman was in the pharmaceutical business before going into the car dealership business. He is the chairman of Braman Management which has 23 franchise locations in Florida and Colorado selling luxury brands such as Audi and Rolls-Royce.