The Miami Dolphins called an impromptu meeting yesterday shortly after sending out a staff wide Email announcing a mandatory meeting. The staff arrived to listen to CEO Mike Dee announce that effective immediately, all staff will take a pay cut until the lockout is over. Which means that all of the staff will have a renewed interest in what the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals decides in regards to the “stay”.
This hits a little closer to home for me as it no longer represents the owners, the league, the state of the game, or the players. Instead, now, it is effecting people I personally know and call my friends. I know many of the staff for the Miami Dolphins in various areas of their business and it’s disheartening to know they are now being drawn into this ugly situation.
While other teams have already taken this course of action with their staffers, the Dolphins had initially declined this route. The lockout and lack of football operations has dwindled the season ticket sales forcing Stephen Ross and company to deploy this money saving avenue. The worst part is that there is no end in site for the lockout and it’s been said that the team will return each employees salary to the previous level when the lockout ends, it’s unclear if they will compensate the employees for the lost wages.
Of course the staff or any NFL team has no place at the table of discussion to get a resolution to labor issues. The players, the ones who saved and are living under their means can last a while longer and amid “tweets” from various players saying that they are enjoying the rest and relaxation that is coming from the extended time away from work, everyone is about to be hit with financial strains. For the Dolphins staffers, that time is now and it’s very unfortunate.