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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
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: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:12 pm

Here we go again,K&K-you're mad at the wrong side

The players get paid out of the major TV contracts and they get a percentage of merchandising....PERIOD. The ticket & concessions, parking, and other revenue streams go directly to the OWNERS, NOT THE PLAYERS. So while you're on the "I can't take my child to the games" soapbox, try to remember that your boys-THE OWNERS are the reason you can't take him.

It's amazing how ignorant football fans are of where the money goes and equally amazing how they are quick if not absolutely prejudiced towards the players. The players bring you the joy, not the owners-all they bring you is the bills, Yet, many fans are quick to turn a blind eye to this. Amazing.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:06 pm

You don't know what you're talking about alakm.

You know, you're pretty ignorant about the whole situation. "Greedy Players" didn't do isht' the team owners locked them out, dumb-dumb.

The players only get paid out the major TV contract, the tickets,parking and concessions go directly to the owners plus merchandising-so who's being greedy?

Why don't you take the time and read up on everything before coming onto the board with a ignorant pro-owner stance?

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 2:03 pm

I can't take my kid to a game

I can't afford to take my kid to a football game.  Why?  Unions!! If a group of owners wants to bid up the salary for an elite player, great.  That is the free market.  Otherwise, the minimum salaries are nothing more than a tax on the fans.    No one is twisting the arms of a player to risk their body to play.  No one is twisting the arms of a crab fisherman to risk their lives.   No one is twisting the arms of coal miners to risk their health.   How about the fans that pay to go to the game get a break and put a cap on the price for a seat to a game.  How about the average american family gets a chance to enjoy a game instead of those that go deep in debt, or the wealthy and corporations.   Coul
d the owners drop the price to a game? No way can they and pay the players what they extort from the owners through the union contracts.  The unions have a lot of money to put a PR spin on why the players should make more.  But what they don't say is, we want the average fan to pay $25 more per ticket (I dont know how much it really is, but it is a tax on fans) so our players can earns a couple hundred thousand more.  Give me a break. 

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:57 pm

Dolphins owner issues harsh criticism of players

A few comments on this ridiculous situation:

1) The owners are NOT, in this day and age, taking any appreciable risks. The NFL has been a cash cow for decades. TV and merchandising revenue alone brings in tons of cash; add in to that stadiums largely paid for by taxpayers, ridiculous ticket, PSL and concession costs, and I have zero sympathy for the owners.

2) The players are not innocent in this either. They're being paid millions of dollars a year to play a child's game (albeit at a very high level). They are living a dream that most fans would give almost everything for; many players recognize this and are appreciative, but others (I'm looking at you, Vince Young) actually believe their press clippings.

3) Let's not forget that this is a LOCKOUT, not a strike. The owners are the ones blocking normal offseason activity, not the players. The players want to play.

The upshot: As has been said many many times before, we have a bunch of spoiled-rotten billionaires arguing with a bunch of spoiled-rotten millionaires. Everybody needs to grow the hell up and settle this BS already.

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:54 pm

Dolphins owner issues harsh criticism of players

actually all owners expect city to cover sum of the cost of building stadium which is taxpayer $ or they threaten to relocate to another city which is ridicluous cus they get to use city as part of the team stadium pays for its self with tons of concert and events charged annually..Most stadium staff are underpaid for a seasonal employment considering with all the $ in revenue annually so neting under $20 hrly is a crime and trust me i kno 1st hand air canada centre started me @ $10hrly couple yrs ago donating to charity is a scam cus when they do tax they get back 80-90% of that $ so the more u give the more % they get bk so the system is a joke like i said its only to bennifit the rich and the regular ppl suffer making owers and the elite more rich lol..players will come and go and afta a short career for most players who will be bangup with lifetime injures and concussion symtom so workin 9-5 is not realistic so many player have to live off those million for rest of ther lifes..I say share the wealth make every1 happy stop rising ticket prices every yr (which will neva happen cus ppl will still go to games to see their fav players) pay stadium staff better which will result in better service and stop chasing couple million make every1 happy cus they bank acct still have billions in it lol

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:49 pm

Dolphins owner issues harsh criticism of players

Excellent post by cekappa. It was beginning to look like the fand of the league have no idea how business in this country works. The owners put up the risk in investing their ammassed fortuned that most of them earned in whatever business entities they have been involved with throughout their lives. They also put the system in place where the NFL is a financial machine it is. All the players have to do is play. Everything else is put into place for them. The real greed is with the players. When you see rookies holding out of training camp because they are unsatisfied with their contract offers and have proven nothing in the league is where the problems begin. If fans are ok with millions in player salaries, than they need to justifiably be ok with high ticket prices. It goes hand in hand. If people at McDonald's made $20.00/hour, your extra value meal would be $15.00-$20.00 as well, it's all relative.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:47 pm

How much money are YOU making-Ross?

It's outrageous to have a billionaire talking isht' about people making money. Outrageous, NFL Owners swear they are some poor paupers and peasants. Stephen Ross' comments are foolish...and stupid.....and wrong.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:45 pm

Dolphins owner issues harsh criticism of players

Hooray for Mr. Ross!!  Finally, someone with a brass set of Titleists telling players what E V E R Y O N E else has said for a decade.  I know it's a free market (and no, Mr. Ross does not have buyers remorse, he simply paid too tooo toooo much for the Fins) and the players get what is a fair market price.  However, most players think that they are 'all that' and entitled to a multi-year, 8 figure contract.  I call BS on that one.  There are 1,000 talented RB's, WR's and OLB's who could play for any team tomorrow morning.  And each and every one has to earn it.  Think about it, 1,000,000 dollars per year.  I consider myself fortunate that it would have to take me 10 years + to earn that.  I'm happy.  Point being, the players should be thankful for their talent, and the income they earn/deserve.  Stop asking for more than you're worth and blaming the MAN for your lot in life. 

Since: Sep 21, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:45 pm

Dolphins owner issues harsh criticism of players

@packfan43011 - Also the Dolphins owner is an idiot..... He doesn't feel any sympaty for anyone who make over $1 million a year?  Well how much do you make a year?  You weren't earning $50,000 a year when you decided to buy the Miami Dolphins......

I hope you know, you're bring a moot arguement to this discussion. Your rant on the owner has no purpose here and offers no insight. Keep it to the topic at hand.

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: May 29, 2011 1:41 pm

Dolphins owner issues harsh criticism of players

What people fail to realize is the number of jobs that this is actually affecting.... There are 32 professional football teams in the USA.  In those 32 cities there are approximately 3,500 jobs per city.  If you multiply that out by 32 you get 112,000 jobs that people will not be able to perform.  All of these people are greedy greedy SOB's.  They need to realize that they are all making way more money than about 90% of the rest of the country....  Why do they need more money?  They could be giving that money to various charities, or using it to be creating more jobs.  So thanks to the greedy OWNERS and PLAYERS there is a growing probability that almost 115,000 people could be out of jobs.

Get your heads out of your asses and think about someone else for a change.

Also the Dolphins owner is an idiot..... He doesn't feel any sympaty for anyone who make over $1 million a year?  Well how much do you make a year?  You weren't earning $50,000 a year when you decided to buy the Miami Dolphins...... 

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