When Miami Dolphins Owner, Stephen Ross, purchased the Dolphins a few years ago, he knew that a drawn out CBA mess could be on the horizon. Ross made comments yesterday and essentially says that the labor issues aren’t really labor issues at all. The Dolphins’ Owner says that when ballplayers make an average salary of approx. $1.87 mil, you’re not really talking about normal labor issues. Interestingly, the opposite of that particular point has been argued by the Owners. The Owners/NFL have argued that this CBA Mess is the result OF labor issues, therefore the courts should not intervene. Ross, apparently thinks otherwise.
Ross also pledged to repay the lost salary payments that Dolphins’ employees have undertaken because of the Lockout. Last month, the Dolphins cut employees salaries by 10-20% depending on the actual amount of their annual salary. Ross’s pledge to repay the lost wages are welcomed words for the employees to hear, but the NFL itself can’t be thrilled. You see, the NFL is claiming that the Lockout is hurting them, just as much as the players. They’ve said that cutting employees salaries is necessary because of the economic climate of the Lockout. Ross’ pledge to repay the Dolphins’ employees salaries, makes that argument ring hallow. In the end, we think Ross is doing the right thing by repaying the lost salaries to Dolphins employees….but they shouldn’t have really been cut in the first place..should they?