Dolphins owner Huizenga says team not for sale

Updated: December 30, 2006, 10:35 AM ET
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The Miami Dolphins are not for sale, owner Wayne Huizenga told the Miami Herald for Saturday editions.

"Absolutely, positively, no way," Huizenga told the newspaper said when asked if he might sell the team. "We are not selling, and there is no waffling on that. How's that for a definitive answer?"

Rumors had circulated that Florida Panthers minority owner Jordan Zimmerman and Papa John's CEO John Shnatter were among potential buyers for the NFL franchise. Huizenga bought the team from the Robbie family in 1994.

Huizenga also told the newspaper he is convinced coach Nick Saban will remain with the team, despite persistent rumors that Alabama will offer him a lucrative offer to return to the college coaching ranks. Saban has repeatedly said he is not interested in coaching the Crimson Tide.

"If he didn't stay, it would be huge news to me," Huizenga told the Herald.