Dundee chief John Nelms says having rivals United in the top flight is better for the Dark Blues.
The Tangerines will have been missing from the Premiership for at least three years by the end of the next campaign.
The two clubs did meet twice in the Betfred Cup last season but the lack of guaranteed derbies each season hits the Dens Park club in the pocket.
That’s meant Dundee have had to cut their cloth accordingly.
On top of the financial hit, the pure drama and excitement of a City of Discovery derby is something missing from the Premiership calender, according to the Dundee managing director.
He said: “Dundee United and us, on the park we’re rivals but business-wise we’re on the same page.
“I think for the fans, it would be really good to have Dundee United in the league.
“The derbies are always exciting, the atmosphere in the grounds are fantastic.
“However, financially we’ve had to modify the way we work because we haven’t had those games.
“We’ve modified the budgets and everything for them not to be here and I think we’ve done that quite well.
“You just have to deal with it.”
Nelms met with club owner Tim Keyes last week during a trip to Texas and says work on the new stadium is progressing, though not as quickly as he’d ideally like.
He added: “There are a few things we’re still working on diligently but we’re getting there.
“We’re getting very close.
“I was in Texas last week and Tim and I had several meetings on the matter.
“I would like it to be going quicker but we’re quite pleased with where we are and we just have to stay steady and make sure we get it right.
“We’re more concerned with getting it right rather than the timing of it all.”