Former Miami Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga dies at 80

H. Wayne Huizenga (center) in 2009. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

Longtime South Florida sports owner, philanthropist and businessman H. Wayne Huizenga has died. He was 80 years old.

Huizenga owned the Miami Dolphins and their stadium for 15 years and was the initial owner of the Florida Marlins and Florida Panthers.

To read Hal Habib’s obituary illustrating the wide-reaching impact Huizenga had on the sports landscape, click here.

In business, he started Waste Management in the 1960s, was the catalyst behind Blockbuster Video’s growth in the 1980s and ’90s and created AutoNation.

Huizenga was involved in various charities and funded the business school bearing his name at Nova Southeastern University.

He bought a small portion of the Dolphins in 1990 and became full owner of the team three years later. They went to the playoffs seven times during his ownership, and South Florida hosted three Super Bowls.

Huizenga sold the team to Stephen Ross over the course of 2008 and ’09. He sold the Marlins in 1998 and the Panthers in 2001.

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