Confronted with criticism for cutting non-player pay by as much as 20 percent, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says that the money will be given back to the employees, if the season is saved.
“If we play, they’re all getting money back or days off,” Ross told USA Today on Wednesday. “So it’s not really a cutback. We’ll definitely make it up.”
Right, but only “[i]f we play.” As of right now, the “if” keeps getting bigger and bigger.
And comments from Ross himself about the players will likely serve only to widen the rift.
“Who the hell wants to own a team and not play?” Ross 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.”
Congratulations, Steve. After months of a split in public opinion regarding whether folks blame the players or the owners, you have just given most fans something around which they can now rally.
As annual revenues pass the $10 billion mark, the players and the owners each want more. And that’s fine. But please don’t say, “We’re not being greedy, they are.” You both are.
Maybe Fergie should have purchased not a minority interest in the team but a majority interest. We’ve got a feeling she never would have committed such an obvious P.R. blunder.