NFL employees affected by the lockout begun to be made whole-UPDATED

The NFL lockout is history after 132 days, and one of the stories that has found its way to the back burner as the rush of free-agent signings and training camps are about to begin is that employees of NFL clubs (and the league office) who took salary reductions and furloughs are beginning to be made whole by their employers.

There is a full table of impacts and reimbursements (as of July 26) at the bottom of this post.

Back in May, 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. Those who work in the facilities of the 32 NFL clubs as well as the league office itself were the first real collateral damage of the NFL lockout. Many of those were non-football-side non-contract (at-will) employees, such as ticket sales staff, administrative assistants, marketing personnel, etc. Assistant coaches at some clubs were also affected, according to media reports.

As of July 26, Arizona, Atlanta (which disclosed that all employees had 10 furlough days during the lockout), Buffalo, Kansas City, Miami, New York Jets and the NFL league office have reimbursed employees for lost wages, according to media reports. In addition, Baltimore refunded wages to its employees in the midst of the lockout in late May, the only club to do so until the lockout was over.

By our count, using published media reports, the following clubs who had reported impacts to coaches/staff have either not announced reimbursements or have not had them reported or clarified (list as of mid-day July 26): Cincinnati (assistant coaches), San Diego (coaches/staff), St. Louis (assistant coaches) and Tampa Bay (coaches/staff). We will update this list as more information is disclosed.

Outside of previously reported staff reductions by the New York Jets (ticket sales staff) and Kansas City Chiefs (administration) prior to the implementation of the lockout, there were no large-scale job losses attributed to the league’s labor battle.

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 July 26, 2011)
Source: BlogAndTackle.net research
Team NameCoachesStaffNotes
Arizona35 percent salary reduction for coachesNon-contract staffers placed on 1-week furloughCardinals will reimburse all employees for lost pay
Atlanta10-day furloughs for all staff10-day furloughs for all staffFalcons will reimburse all employees for lost pay + give merit pay increases
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 were first club to change course and return salary reductions
Buffalosliding percentage scale reduction based on salarysliding percentage scale reduction based on salaryBills will reimburse all employees for lost pay + 401k contributions
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 reported Bengals will refund money to assistant coaches if all 16 games played. NO official word of reimbursement as of July 26.
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 staffLions will reimburse all employees for lost pay
Green Bayno salary reductions or furloughs plannedno salary reductions or furloughs plannedMilwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Packers had contingency plan in place to reduce salaries on sliding scale to leadership positions, managers & department heads with money returned if full schedule played - but had 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 monthsChiefs will reimburse all employees for lost pay + 3% pay increases retro to March 1
MiamiGM, head coach & assistants will have salary reductions if lockout extends to June 1sliding percentage scale (10-20 percent) reduction based on salaryDolphins to reimburse employees for lost pay
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 plannedSalary + hiring freeze was in effect
New York Jets25 percent salary reduction and 1 week per month furlough25 percent salary reduction and 1 week per month furloughJets will reimburse employees for lost wages
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 was in effect for employees.
San Diegoundisclosed salary reductionsundisclosed salary reductionsSignOnSanDiego.com reported no job losses planned unless games missed. NO official word of reimbursement as of July 26.
San Franciscono information availableno information available
Seattleno salary reductions planned unless games missedno information available
St. Louissalary reduction for assistant coachesno information availableNO official word of reimbursement as of July 26.
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 reported Buccaneers will refund money to employees if all 16 games played. NO official word of reimbursement as of July 26.
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 will reimburse employees for lost wages
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