Wayne Huizenga, billionaire and former owner of several prominent Florida sports teams, has died at the age of 80.

Huizenga founded Waste Management, Blockbuster Video, and AutoNation. While owning the Marlins, Dolphins, and Panthers, Huizenga developed an uneasy reputation with sports fans in Florida, despite some success.

The Marlins won the World Series in 1997, but their roster was quickly torn apart in an apparent cost-cutting measure. The Dolphins regressed from their successes in the 80s, eventually leading to his sale of the team. The Panthers, who began play in 1993, made the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996, but have not experienced wide success since. 

Huizenga is survived by four children: Wayne Jr., Ray, Scott and Pamela, as well as 11 grandchildren.

Source: Wayne Huizenga, former Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins and Florida Panthers owner, dies at 80 – CBSSports.com


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