Ultimately, fans will pay for management's mistakes
The fact is Wayne Huizenga has had to dig deeper into his pockets than ever to pay for what amounts to his own mistakes. In the last month alone, he has had to swallow the cost of hiring Bill Parcells, Jeff Ireland, Tony Sparano and a new coaching staff even as he's had to accept paying off the contracts of Cam Cameron, Randy Mueller, and the old coaching staff that included a high-priced and underperforming Dom Capers.
Some of the costs of paying off those fired people will be subsidized when the folks that were fired get new jobs. This already happened with Cameron. But the Dolphins still have to make up the difference between what those men were scheduled to make in Miami and what they are actually making at their new jobs.
So Huizenga and his leadership staff have cost the Dolphins money by hiring people they eventually had to fire -- in other words the wrong people, the people that didn't get the job done.
And why should you care that the billionaire owner's cost of doing business is higher?
Because some of the higher costs the Dolphins have heaped upon themselves by making bad decisions will almost certainly be passed along to ticket buyers.
The Dolphins today announced that 2008 season ticket prices will remain the same as 2007 for current season ticket holders. But that is only for now.
Season ticket holders will receive a renewal package in the coming weeks informing them that their ticket prices will not be increasing for the 2008 season if they purchase their renewals prior to May. New season ticket purchasers will also benefit from the price freeze.
But fans that purchase season tickets after May 9th will likely pay higher prices than in 2007 despite the fact the Dolphins last year were the worst team in the NFL.
Why? Well, because the cost of doing business is going up every year and ticket prices have to rise to meet at least part of those rising costs. But also, unfortunately for Miami fans, because Miami's burden is greater than most teams based on the substantial debt it incurred by hiring people that didn't work out.