Collateral damage: List of impacts to NFL club and league employees during lockout (May 24) – updated May 27

The NFL logo is seen on a trailer parked near the New Meadowlands Stadium where the New York Jets and New York Giants NFL football teams play home games in East Rutherford, New Jersey, March 14, 2011. The NFL has officially announced a lockout of players by team owners following the move by the players’ union to dissolve themselves and pursue court action against the league. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL BUSINESS)

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.

If we have missed a media report contradicting the above info, please leave a link to the story in the comment section, and we will make the correction. Comments are not automatically published by the site.

NFL Lockout Impact On Team Coaches/Staff (as of May 27, 2011)
Source: BlogAndTackle.net research
Team NameCoachesStaffNotes
Arizona35 percent salary reduction for coachesNon-contract staffers placed on 1-week furloughESPN reports Cardinals will refund money to employees if all 16 games played
Atlantano information availableundisclosed salary reductions for some office staff
BaltimoreClub reversed 25 percent salary reduction & will refund all money to employees (May 26)Club reversed 25 percent salary reduction & will refund all money to employees (May 26)ProFootballTalk.com reports Ravens are first club to change course and return salary reductions
Buffalosliding percentage scale reduction based on salarysliding percentage scale reduction based on salaryBoston Globe reports Bills have not decided on refunds to coaches/staff
CarolinaClub will not furlough employees or reduce salariesClub will not furlough employees or reduce salaries
ChicagoNo furloughs or salary reductions until games are lost to lockoutNo furloughs or salary reductions until games are lost to lockout
Cincinnati30 percent salary reduction for assistant coachesStaff will not be furloughed or suffer salary reductionsCincinnati.com reports Bengals will refund money to assistant coaches if all 16 games played
ClevelandNo furloughs or salary reductions planned at this timeNo furloughs or salary reductions planned at this time
DallasNo salary reduction or furloughs plannedNo furloughs or layoffs planned
Denverno information availableno information available
DetroitMandatory 2-week furloughs for all staffMandatory 2-week furloughs for all staff
Green Bayno salary reductions or furloughs plannedno salary reductions or furloughs plannedMilwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Packers have contingency plan in place to reduce salaries on sliding scale to leadership positions, managers & department heads with money returned if full schedule played - but have not implemented it
HoustonNo furloughs or salary reductions planned unless games lost to lockoutNo furloughs or salary reductions planned unless games lost to lockout
Indianapolisno furloughs or salary reductions plannedno furloughs or salary reductions planned
Jacksonvilleno information availableno information available
Kansas Citysliding percentage scale reduction based on salary over 8 monthssliding percentage scale reduction based on salary over 8 months
MiamiGM, head coach & assistants will have salary reductions if lockout extends to June 1sliding percentage scale (10-20 percent) reduction based on salaryUSA Today reports Dolphins will refund money or give days off to employees if all 16 games are played
Minnesotano salary reductions or furloughs planned to dateno salary reductions or furloughs planned to date
New EnglandNo salary reductions or furloughs plannedNo salary reductions or furloughs planned
New Orleansno furloughs or salary reductions plannedno furloughs or salary reductions planned
New York Giantsno furloughs or salary reductions plannedno furloughs or salary reductions planned
New York Jets25 percent salary reduction and 1 week per month furlough25 percent salary reduction and 1 week per month furloughNew York Post reports Jets will refund money to employees if all 16 games played
Oaklandall employees must sell 10 percent of their lockout salary in season tickets to avoid salary reductionsall employees must sell 10 percent of their lockout salary in season tickets to avoid salary reductions
Philadelphiano furloughs or salary reductions plannedno furloughs or salary reductions to date
Pittsburghno furloughs or salary reductions unless games are missedno furloughs, but salary freeze in effectsalary and hiring freeze in effect for employees
San Diegoundisclosed salary reductionsundisclosed salary reductionsSignOnSanDiego.com reports no job losses planned unless games missed
San Franciscono information availableno information available
Seattleno salary reductions planned unless games missedno information available
St. Louissalary reduction for assistant coachesno information available
Tampa BayFurlough week during Memorial Day week; additional week around Labor Day if lockout extends that farFurlough week during Memorial Day week; additional week around Labor Day if lockout extends that farBuccaneers.com reports Buccaneers will refund money to employees if all 16 games played
Tennesseeno information availableno information available
Washingtonno information availableno information available
NFL League Office12 percent salary reduction; additional 5-25 percent cuts (sliding scale) if lockout goes into AugustNFL.com reports Commissioner Roger Goodell & VP Jeff Pash reduced own salaries to $1 for duration of lockout
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