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Furloughs, layoffs wouldn’t hit all NFL cities in a lockout

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We interrupt the renewed sense of optimism to point out that, if optimism turns to pessimism and pessimism turns to tiger blood, some teams won’t be slashing their payrolls.

The fine folks at SportsBusiness Daily identify several teams that plan to not impose layoffs or furloughs in the event of a lockout.  The Vikings, per Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, held a meeting with staff after reading about other teams’ plans to reduce staff.  The Vikings won’t implement any such measures (a wise move while trying to get a publicly-funded stadium), but they would revisit the situation if the work stoppage lasts into September.

Jim Varney of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that neither furloughs nor layoffs will be happening with the Saints.

Likewise, Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star points out that owner Jim Irsay said last onth the team has no plans to impose layoffs or pay cuts.

Hopefully, no teams will have to employ such measures.  Hopefully, the term “lockout” for NFL fans will soon be used only when leaving the house and realizing the keys are still on the kitchen table.

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10 Responses to “Furloughs, layoffs wouldn’t hit all NFL cities in a lockout”
  1. hobartbaker says: Mar 4, 2011 5:07 PM

    No furloughs or layoffs but all staff will be reclassified as “volunteer”.

  2. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 4, 2011 5:11 PM

    Cue the Viking-haters to complain about the Vikings overpaying their employees again.

  3. doe22us says: Mar 4, 2011 5:20 PM

    Yeah the JETS suck and we all know that

  4. smacklayer says: Mar 4, 2011 5:47 PM

    You know you don’t *HAVE* to put a stupid picture of something on every post.

  5. phinfan says: Mar 4, 2011 7:08 PM

    OWww. Now I get it.

    So the Jets aren’t letting go all their coaching staff because they were caught tripping a Dolphin? Its just Furloughs. Stupid me. lol

  6. JimmySmith says: Mar 4, 2011 10:09 PM

    Its only fair, the Vikings should go the extra mile and pay the employees. If they are going to force those employeess to admit in public that they work for the last place Vikings, the team that is responsible for the Love Boat, Whizanator and accidental death of an OT during training camp, then they should get paid.

  7. dailynorseman says: Mar 4, 2011 11:33 PM

    Its only fair, the Vikings should go the extra mile and pay the employees. If they are going to force those employeess to admit in public that they work for the last place Vikings, the team that is responsible for the Love Boat, Whizanator and accidental death of an OT during training camp, then they should get paid.

    Once again, the dumbest fan base in the National Football League makes itself heard.

    Green Bay Packer fans – “You’re damn right we think Korey Stringer jokes are funny!”

  8. dailynorseman says: Mar 4, 2011 11:39 PM

    And I won’t even get into the brilliance of putting blame on someone for an event you call “accidental.”

    No wonder all of those teachers in Wisconsin are whining and crying and throwing a temper tantrum. . .they’re obviously trying to distract everyone from the awful job they’re doing with Wisconsin’s children, if JimmySmith is any indication.

  9. PurpleRaid18 says: Mar 5, 2011 1:13 PM

    “…If they are going to force those employeess to admit in public that they work for the last place Vikings, the team that is responsible for the Love Boat, Whizanator and accidental death of an OT during training camp, then they should get paid.”
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    I guess this is why PFT wrote that article about JimmySmith and his character concerns…

  10. nooittall says: Mar 5, 2011 1:15 PM

    Why would Irsay lay anybody off? A couple of years ago he fired all of his longest tenured, most loyal employees from every department so he wouldn’t have to pay them. Greedy bastard has nothing but children and their friends working there now and working for itunes and slurpees. Of course he does pay Polians little boy Chrissy, but not his schoolmates he has around him to make him feel cozy, comfy. And Irsay says he has no trouble sleeping at night. I got news for you, most sociopaths don’t.

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