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.
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