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Dolphins owner issues harsh criticism of players

Posted on: May 28, 2011 6:33 pm
Edited on: May 30, 2011 8:26 am
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Posted by Andy Benoit

In an article by Jarrett Bell of USA Today, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross recently made some comments about the lockoutS. Ross (US Presswire) that has garnered some reactions from columnists. Ross purchased the Dolphins for $1.1 billion in 2008 knowing that a labor fight was on the horizon.

"The emotions of wanting to own a team were greater than the fact that this might be coming," Ross said of his purchase. "You always figured that something like this, you know, it's going to get resolved. It's a question of when. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later." On the surface, this sounds like Ross could be dealing with a hint of buyer’s remorse. But more likely, Ross is making the point that, as an owner, he doesn’t like the lockout, but he sees it as a necessary step at the moment.

"Who the hell wants to own a team and not play?” he said. “It's about having a system that works. It's not about a bunch of greedy owners. It's a bunch of players looking to see how much they can really get."

In his New York real estate business, Ross’ firm, Reliant, is negotiating with several unions about construction on the Time Warner Center on Sixth Avenue. But the negotiations with what still amounts to the NFL players union (currently decertified), he says, are different.

"[At Reliant] we negotiate with unions all the time, and there are issues there," Ross said. "But they're not the same types of issues. When you're dealing with guys earning over $1 million a year — the average salary is, what, $1.87 million? — you're not talking about the same kind of labor issues. Are these really labor issues? These are not labor issues.

"There should be no sympathy in the labor movement in America for these ballplayers. It's a different deal."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Dolphins owner issues harsh criticism of players

I don't think you understand what a monopoly is.  The fact that there are other organizations or businesses that provide the same service does not make the NFL any less of a monopoly, because the NFL still controls enough of the professional football market to qualify as a monopoly in the eyes of the law.  This is why the league (and other professional sports franchises in the US) have federal exemptions from monopoly laws; otherwise they would be broken up the same way Microsoft or AT&T were (both of which, you'll note, had numerous competitors who nonetheless couldn't approach their financial clout; the equivalent of your CFL and Arena League).

Also, the owners can in effect 'decertify the league' by closing down business entirely.  There have been some rumblings that they might consider this, but so far nothing has come of that.



Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Dolphins owner issues harsh criticism of players

Tired of hearing how the NFL is a monopoly too.  How the players are being irreparably harmed.  Go play in the CFL or the Arena league, oh wait, there is more money in the NFL.  Just because the NFL is the big boy in the business does not mean they are the only business.  The NFL is not a monopoly.  Hell if the union can pull this sham decert, maybe the NFL owners can decertify or disband the league.  Maybe then the lawsuit would go away.  Fire everyone, start a new league, same owners, same team names, same stadiums.  Give the current players a week to make up their minds to come back to there previous employers or choose a new league.  It would only take a few years and there would be a whole new batch of veterans.  The guys are still going to be pouring out of college looking to play.  In too many businesses the employees never know when to stop taking from the business.  Pensions, health care, pay, etc all get so extravagant (sound familiar) the buisness goes out of business or needs a bailout. (see airlines, auto industry)  Grow up people, bottom line, it is a business.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Dolphins owner issues harsh criticism of players

And don't forget, the NFLPA hasn't exactly been responsive to helping out the retired players either.

That's what makes me laugh when I hear the union is demanding lifetime benefits for its membership and help for the NFL retirees. 

Why can't the union take care of themselves? The players salaries last year came to about 3 billion dollars.   If each player invests just over 3 percent of their salary they are capable of banking about 100 million dollars per season as a union.  In 10 years that would become 1 billion dollars in savings... plus interest... tell me contributions like that won't take care of their benefits forever and take care of all the retirees....

I'm an independent contractor and nobody pays my benefits or pension or anything else now or later.  I have to make arrangements... I have to save x dollars every year to make that happen or guess what? I'm screwed.....

But no... the players can't take care of themselves... they need to be taken care of for live after they made more money then we could ever dream of in our lifetime..

screw them.... let the lockout continue.. i'll be ok without football for 1 season.... 



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Dolphins owner issues harsh criticism of players

Has anyone even considered that player salaries are reaching unsustainable levels or what exactly is the breaking point where game attendance suffers because it's a luxury they can't afford?  Or have you considered the money players make on the side for appearances, endorsements, etc?  Why doesn't the player's union make the upper echelon players like Brady or Manning share their revenue with the Joe Lunchbox average play?  That's exactly what they are asking of the owners.  And don't forget, the NFLPA hasn't exactly been responsive to helping out the retired players either.



Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Are you kidding me?

“It's about having a system that works. It's not about a bunch of greedy owners. It's a bunch of players looking to see how much they can really get."And the owners aren't seeing how much they can get? 18 game seaon - won't open the books - calling the players rich. Really? I feel like I'm siding with the players every time I read one of these owner/Goodell stories & I usually AM complaining about them as rich fools.



Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: May 30, 2011 11:36 am
 

Dolphins owner issues harsh criticism of players

I love when people say the "players are the game". Then let them go start their own league...wait - that won't work - why not? Because the fans are fans of the TEAMS - not the players - you swap The Jets and Patriots QBs and in a second the Jets fans will cheer instead of boo Brady. The owners OWN the teams, they OWN the leases on the stadiums, they OWN the TV contracts. It is THEIR league, and THEY are entitled to the money that is made - this whole concept of the players being entitled to ANYTHING is pure BULL****. They are employees and they make a lot of money - way, way too much money in many cases. I hope the courts bring the players to their knees and DeMaurice Smith to an unemployment line.


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