Dolphins CEO Mike Dee Leaving For San Diego Padres

Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee is stepping down to take the top job with the San Diego Padres, leaving owner Stephen Ross to find a new business chief to tackle the team’s lackluster attendance and aging stadium.

Dee joined the Dolphins four years ago and is credited with helping retool the team’s Miami ties, boosting philanthropic efforts and trying to bolster the team’s standing as an institution in South Florida.

“I’m grateful and thankful for what we did to really elevate what was already a celebrated franchise,” Dee told reporters Wednesday.