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Old 10-23-2011, 12:49 PM   #1
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Default Miami Heat owner Micky Arison is a baller

Heat owner Micky Arison owns not one but two of Americaís 50 largest yachts, according to a rich-person magazine. He lives on one of them. This isnít excessive in the world he inhabits. Both yachts combined arenít as large as the one built by the Russian billionaire owner of the Chelsea soccer team. Roman Abramovich, who travels with a 40-strong security detail he calls ďa private army,Ē took more than a year to build his 560-foot Eclipse, which is almost-two-football-fields massive and canít even be docked in most marinas. It is equipped with not one but two helicopter pads and a submarine. Point is, sports owners live in a different world than the rest of us, money and power and yachts another way to keep score, their teams-as-toys orbit so distorted it Eclipses practicality so completely that they donít even notice when they are building an ego too big to be docked.

Arison is more humble than most men of his wealth, but part of the reason he bought the Heat was because billionaire Wayne Huizenga was hogging our marketís sports power.

-- Reported by Dan Le Batard of the Miami Herald
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