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Huizenga sounds alarm that Wilson did 3 years ago

Posted by Chris Brown on February 12, 2009 – 5:51 pm

Outgoing Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga had some pretty interesting words for Dolphins reporters earlier this week. While most owners have been silent on any labor issues after opting out of the current labor agreement, Huizenga, now no longer an owner, sounded the alarm on the rapidly escalating player costs.

This quote appeared in NFL Network reporter Adam Schefter’s blog from Huizenga.

“That labor agreement didn’t really turn out the way it should have turned out,” Huizenga told Miami reporters Tuesday, referring to the collective bargaining agreement extension that was struck in 2006 but of which owners already have opted out. “From one year to the next year, our labor cost went up $22 million. Since that time, it’s gone up $6 million to $7 million a year in addition to that, so my big concern with football, which I love, is the player costs.”

As much as I respect Huizenga in taking up for his now former brethren, I can’t help but note that Bills owner Ralph Wilson was sounding the alarm on three years ago when he and Bengals owner Mike Brown were the only ones to vote down the CBA extension.

Maybe the other NFL owners will be more apt to heed the word of Mr. Wilson this time around when labor negotiations ensue.

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