As the NFL lockout stretches into its third month, the first people to feel the effect of the battle are those who work in the facilities of the 32 NFL clubs as well as the league office itself. Those impacts represent the first real collateral damage of the NFL lockout to those who work for the owners, coach or work around the players and in many cases, deal with season ticket holders and sponsors — a key portion of each team’s income stream.
Over the past two days, BlogAndTackle.net compiled a list of lockout-related salary reductions and furloughs for coaches and staff as reported by local and national media outlets from late February through late May. Five clubs (Denver, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Tennessee and Washington) have not had any information disclosed by media on internal lockout plans for both coaches and staff to date.
May 26 UPDATES: Tampa Bay employees will have an unpaid week off during Memorial Day week, although the club says it will refund money to employees if the entire season is played; if lockout extends to Labor Day, employees will have another furlough week around that holiday; Miami owner Stephen Ross says his employees will get money back or days off if the full 2011 schedule is played; Atlanta has made “minor payroll reductions” to some members of the office staff; Baltimore reversed course and refunded the 25 percent salary reduction taken since the start of the lockout to all employees.
May 27 UPDATES: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Green Bay has not made salary reductions on coaches and staff as of yet, and that the club has a contingency plan in place to do so on a sliding scale to club leadership, managers and department heads – but has not implemented that plan.
May 26 CORRECTION: Arizona has not instituted salary reduction on non-contract club employees, according to a club spokesman. The grid has been changed to reflect the new information showing only the 1-week furlough in place for employees.
Of note, 10 clubs of those in which full information is available (Carolina, Cleveland, Dallas, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York Giants, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh) have not instituted any of these measures against any employees or coaches as of May 27, according to either club statements or media reports. Baltimore did take a 25 percent reduction on all employees, but changed course on May 26 and refunded all money.
Many of those impacted by the lockout are non-football-side non-contract (at-will) employees, such as ticket sales staff, adminstrative assistants, marketing personnel, etc. Some clubs that have instituted measures during the lockout have disclosed that they will reimburse employees for lost wages if the lockout ends and no preseason or regular season games are missed.
Other measures, such as unpaid furloughs for employees, were also put into place by some clubs in order to “share the pain” across the board, and to avoid future job losses. Outside of previously reported staff reductions by the New York Jets (ticket sales staff) and Kansas City Chiefs (adminstration) prior to the implementation of the lockout, there has been no large-scale job losses attributed to the league’s labor strife to date.
As far as coaches are concerned, according to Larry Keenan of the NFL Coaches Association, seven clubs (Dallas, Indianapolis, New York Giants, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Seattle) have pledged not to cut coaches’ salaries unless regular season games are lost. The next key date according to Keenan is June 1, when some clubs that have not already done so may cut coaches salaries.
As with anything else involving the NFL lockout, the below compliation is a snapshot as of May 24 (updated May 27). The list will be updated in early June based on additional disclosed information.
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