I'm not sure what to make of this, exactly, but I thought I'd share.
I'm not at all surprised the dolphins ownership said it was all the players fault. But that just underscores the larger problem.
Yesterday, the National Football League announced that all official business between teams and their players would cease until the NFL and the NFL Players Association can reach an accord on terms for a new collective bargaining agreement. We reached this impasse because the NFLPA chose to abandon the collective bargaining process late on Friday afternoon and instead pursue their interests in the court room. Please click here to view the NFL's official statement on the events of last Friday.
On behalf of Steve Ross and everyone in our Dolphins family, we regret that the process has reached this point. We completely understand your unhappiness over the inability to maintain labor peace at a time when our sport has reached unprecedented popularity. We are fully aware that fans don't care how owners and player manage their business and that this temporary stoppage only distracts and detracts from what is most important to us all: the game. We certainly hope that an agreement can be reached soon so that all of us can return our sole focus to the 2011 NFL season.
We do know that football operations will resume at some point and we are doing everything we can to be ready when that takes place. Our front office staff is diligently preparing for the draft and the coaches are hard at work so they can hit the ground running when a new agreement is reached.
Going forward, we will correspond with you on a regular basis to keep you fully informed on all developments. Please also stay tuned to Dolphins.com and The Finsiders (weekdays 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. on 940 WINZ-AM and TheFinsiders.com) for official daily updates from the NFL and the Dolphins.
As a season ticket member, the Dolphins commitment to provide you with the highest level of customer service and support remains unchanged. Our office will remain open and ready to assist you regarding any questions you may have about season ticket renewals and any other service issues. Should you have a question, you can contact us at 1-888-FINS-TIX, option 2.
We are deeply appreciative of the relationship that we have with you and thank you in advance for your patience while we work through these important challenges facing the NFL. Our hope is that this dispute will be worked out long before any football is missed in 2011.
We sincerely thank you for your ongoing support of the Dolphins.
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