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All NFL employees have taken 12% pay cut

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and lead negotiator Jeff Pash aren’t the only league employees with reduced salaries during the lockout.

Bob Glauber of Newsday, reporting live within the bowels of league headquarters Friday, reports that all NFL employees have taken a 12% pay cut during the lockout.  The size of the pay reduction will only get worse if the lockout continues until August.  We’ve heard rumors of staff being let go at that point.

This part is hard to stomach.   NFL players aren’t missing their considerable game checks until September, but NFL employees — most of whom likely make a five figure salary — have already taken a hit, just like many team employees.

At a time of unprecedented success and popularity for the sport, the league’s 32 owners are comfortable entering this embarrassing lockout, knowing full well their staffs will be the most affected.

It would be one thing if the league employees were collectively sacrificing for some grand principle in tough times, but what’s the principle here?  Direct costs?  Shuffling numbers on a balance sheet?

We wonder if these NFL employees, in their heart of hearts, believe in this cause.  And whether owners ever consider the possibility they have lost sight of what truly matters.

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  1. packattack1967 says: Apr 22, 2011 2:37 PM

    Are you listening teachers in Wisconsin???

  2. danetow says: Apr 22, 2011 2:38 PM

    Or they are being forced to do what people with real jobs do. If my company has reduced profits and such and my salary gets lowered guess what, I HAVE NO CHOICE. Hence the reason I am called an EMPLOYEE, which is what the player need to realize. They can say they are partners until they are blue in the face but the fact remains they are employees and they will always be employees until they flip some of the bill for expenses, which will never happen.

  3. footballfanatic2010 says: Apr 22, 2011 2:41 PM

    The players chose not to negotiate…had they acted reasonably, a deal would have been done by now.

  4. chc4 says: Apr 22, 2011 2:45 PM

    You’ll do anything to hammer the owners. Do you honestly think the NFL wants to lay anyone off? I guarantee you revenues are being hurt right now whether it’s merchandise, NFL Network, etc.

  5. jennstergersburnedretinas says: Apr 22, 2011 2:45 PM

    Oh well that sucks for those guys. Dang. I wonder how the stadium vendors, bar owners, hotel staff, airline companies, team trainers, camera crews, jersey manufacturers, linesmen, refs, stadium maintenance crews, ect, ect, ect are going to deal with a loss in income or the loss of their freaking jobs?

    And all because of $9 Billion dollars that can’t be properly divided.

    Makes you feel just terrible for the owners and players doesn’t it? The owners might not be able to add millions to their profit and the players might have to pay for insurance. The horror…

  6. hobartbaker says: Apr 22, 2011 2:47 PM

    Not all are convinced that a 12% pay cut “only amounts to 1% per month” as presented to them.

  7. airraid77 says: Apr 22, 2011 2:47 PM

    another bleeding heart story…your as pathetic as your host company.
    if they go broke? your beloved players will be flipping burger.

  8. citizenstrange says: Apr 22, 2011 2:48 PM

    It’s probably just me being stupid but …. Why?
    The players are the ones not getting the money they usually do.

    The owners still have the ticket sales (to some extent) TV, stadium naming rights, merchandise, etc., money pouring in.

    In fact they actually have MORE money than usual because the aren’t paying the players.

    The multi-billionaire pie will eventually get cut up. It is just being greedy to cut the little guy’s salary by 12% as if that somehow will make a real difference.

  9. hunst009 says: Apr 22, 2011 2:48 PM

    This is what is so wrong about the lockout. The players/owners keep playing this blame game and trying to get a PR boost in the public eye. The people that are suffering are the people not making six figures like the players are. Its the day to day people that need their income much more than anyone else. They are to ignorant and greedy to see that side of it though sadly.

  10. brownsfn says: Apr 22, 2011 2:48 PM

    Do you think the players care either??? I mean seriously…WAKE UP…

  11. flavordave says: Apr 22, 2011 2:50 PM

    11% would have sunken the NFL?

  12. sko57 says: Apr 22, 2011 2:50 PM

    Let’s see how all the owner shill’s on this site spin this. Any one with any sense knows that it is the regular employee’s are the one’s who will suffer the most. The next group will be the stadium employee’s and the local business’s that look to the nfl weekends to help survive.

  13. baronvonmonocle says: Apr 22, 2011 2:50 PM

    No, this makes sense. The owners needs to cut costs. I mean, they’ve already missed out on the money from all those games that have been cancelled.

    Oh, wait…

  14. pitch87mph says: Apr 22, 2011 2:50 PM

    How many other populist arguments are you going to come up with for why the lockout is somehow “immoral”… this is a BUSINESS DISPUTE between two parties. In ANY business, there is risk (as an employee) that disruptions may occur at times due to systemic economic factors, company specific factors, or industry wide factors. THIS IS LIFE!!! And it isn’t always FAIR! The best scenario, imho, is that these two parties (who have the most to make and lose) hash out their differences and try to arrive at a reasonable deal that minimizes the chance of these types of disruptions in the future. It’s obvious that the owners feel they aren’t being compensated for the economic risks they are taking. And so they’ve decided to exercise their LEGAL RIGHT to go back to the bargaining table. Players are exercising their legal rights based on their view of reality. If the employees can’t handle the collateral damage, they need to go do something else. And if the owners and/or players overplay their hands and their is permanent damage to the game? Well again… that’s the risk they’re taking. I’m sure both sides have gone through the calculation of the risks and rewards. We may not agree with their assumptions, but it’s their right as owners and as players to do so. If this is intolerable, “punish” them by not buying tickets, or NFL Sunday ticket, or not watching games WHEN they get back out there. Otherwise, this is a lot of useless hand wringing to make people “feel” that they care or matter–when in reality, fans are just being as selfish as you claim the owners and players are being. The fans WANT THEIR GAME regardless of who wins this dispute. They’ll forget about the “suffering” of low-level employees the moment the game gets back on the field. Fans selfish argument is no more a superior or less selfish argument than is being put out by the owners or players. The game is a BUSINESS. And the economic “players” in that game have interests–as do the fans. But meaningless gestures that have no real impact (like said useless hand-wringing about the collateral damage–if you feel so bad about it (and people agree that it truly is a travesty), start a charity fund to help low level employees get through the lockout.) are just that… meaningless. So get off your high horse and let the process play out.

  15. oldbyrd says: Apr 22, 2011 2:54 PM

    Good old Commie Unions. See the damage they bring. News reports dwindeling Union support. Basically America is sick of Unions. Hey they helped our gals from horrible situtations years ago. They shortened work weeks and weekly hours. They did a lot of good things but, they have lost touch with reality.

  16. golonger says: Apr 22, 2011 3:09 PM

    This is unbelievable. This is like the DC bureaucrats not coming to an agreement and the govt closing, yet THEY still get paid while the little man gets screwed. What a joke.

    The world can exist without both the players AND the owners. A new league could be started tomorrow and 75% of the players wouldn’t be missed…….

  17. hlmatty1 says: Apr 22, 2011 3:23 PM

    Has anyone bothered to ask the simple question whether the cut is permanent?? Most of the assistant coaches had their salary cut too, but to get their money back after the lockout. Is that the same here? If so, that is what most companies do when their revenue stream is cut; i.e., wait until the revenue picks up again.

    And even if permanent for this year, assuming there is no agreement soon, does anyone deny that every team will be losing money until there is an agreement? Of course, if the employees are really upset, they can change jobs. However, in the case of Bengal employees, how many get to keep their same pay — let alone their jobs — after losing 18 out of 20 years?!

  18. thefiesty1 says: Apr 22, 2011 3:46 PM

    Now we only need to get the oil company execs to do the same. About 50-75% is about right for them.

  19. thegallopingghost says: Apr 22, 2011 3:49 PM

    It seems to me that the general anti-player stance held by many PFT views might contain slightly racist undertones – resentment towards mostly minority athletes who make a lot of money and may flaunt/squander it in stupid ways.

    Please note that I am not black and do not condone in anyway asinine comments made by Warren Moon or players who stupidly compare the lockout w/ slavery and/our the Gestapo.

    In my understanding, however, it is the owners who are attempting to renegotiate terms of the prior deal. Although it the union that commenced litigation, ultimately as a union you can NEVER concede favorable terms you have won in past negotiations. That would make the new leadership appear weak to those it represents.

    I hope the owners will settle with the terms of the old team while the union will offer some sort of concessions in return. Please, please, please do not delay the season.

  20. mpayne12 says: Apr 22, 2011 3:56 PM

    I’m ok with this. Personally id love to see Dan snyder and Jerry Jones and every other money hungry owner unclog toilets or work at concession stands. As for the workers that lose their jobs such is life; If your a good worker you will find work again.

  21. blantoncollier says: Apr 22, 2011 4:00 PM

    Everyone take a deep breath. Reread the posting. This applies to direct employees of the NFL and its affiliates, like NFL Network. Not ALL EMPLOYEES associated with the NFL.

    For example, many teams are not reducing salaries of non-football employees. Others have forced a temporary wage reduction on all employees.

    Its a shame anyone has to have a salary reduced, but as an earlier poster stated this is a business dispute, this stuff happens. Fair or not.

    Further–the players, remember them the ones that walked out of the talks. You know those honest brokers that filed a law suit before breaking off discussions, caused this action.

  22. salmen76 says: Apr 22, 2011 4:06 PM

    Just thank Goodell for all that. Ha ha. I’m glad he ain’t my boss. Ha Ha. Goodell will ruin football if he don’t get fired real soon. He is the Anti-Matter of football. Ha Ha. He couldn’t pour pi$$ out of a boot if the instructions were written on the bottom of the heal! Geaux Saints!

  23. nineroutsider says: Apr 22, 2011 4:14 PM

    airraid77 says:
    Apr 22, 2011 2:47 PM
    another bleeding heart story…your as pathetic as your host company.
    if they go broke? your beloved players will be flipping burger.
    ————————————————–

    AnalRoid77 – You are the biggest tool on here among many. Your posts are always the worst and far too frequent. What do you do for living besides follow Rush?

    “I listen to Rush Limbaugh and Fox…I think I know something about NBC/GE liberal politics. I love to give callus responses when I hear about people losing money and their livelihoods. If an owner pulled it out I would happily take down every last drop, I’m that committed to their cause and have taken it to the blogs while I collect unemployment…”

    The owners are morons, they put themselves in this spot by accepting the recently expired CBA in 2006. We the fans shouldn’t be taking sides, but should be forcing them to hurry up and make a deal or punish them accordingly with the power of the purse.

  24. mogogo1 says: Apr 22, 2011 4:27 PM

    All because the obscenely rich and the incredibly rich can’t agree how to split their billions.

    If the NFL employees get their pay back when things are finally resolved, they should count themselves as lucky. Our company cut salaries across the board last year and that money is never coming back, which is how most workers are treated these days.

  25. section731 says: Apr 22, 2011 4:46 PM

    citizenstrange is right on the money with this one. Cutting the salary of the other employees is absolutely ridiculous. They are pulling in all of their revenue and even have guaranteed TV money. A deal needs to get done – but if I am not in the corner of the players – I am absolutely against the owners. I don’t pay to see them play. They can own a team for generations and a player has a small window that can crash closed any second.

  26. section731 says: Apr 22, 2011 4:50 PM

    From a purely economical view – we are better off as a country the more money that goes to the players. They blow it in the economy – cars, bars, houses – whatever. The owner puts in his savings account.

  27. puntpasskick says: Apr 22, 2011 4:54 PM

    hunst009 says:
    Apr 22, 2011 2:48 PM

    This is what is so wrong about the lockout. The players/owners keep playing this blame game and trying to get a PR boost in the public eye. The people that are suffering are the people not making six figures like the players are. Its the day to day people that need their income much more than anyone else. They are to ignorant and greedy to see that side of it though sadly.

    ————————————————-

    The NFL/owners have been playing the PR game for the most part; name me one thing that the NFL has done publicly in this whole mess that wasn’t done for PR purposes besides the yearly release of the schedule….,.

    Got it yet????????? It’s because you can’t…..

    They don’t care about you, the fan; they’re already anticipating league revenues 15 to 20 years down the road so when the fans come back, AND BELIEVE ME THEY WILL, they can line their pockets with gold and the value of their franchises only gets larger…

    They care about the future of the league???

    Bogus; if they cared, they would realize what’s at stake instead of trying to wait and bide time until they can gouge the players.

    Their revenues are sky-high and they’re just as guilty if not more ( since they’re already filthy rich ) than the “money-hungry players” that the vast majority of PFT posters despise so much…

  28. prmpft says: Apr 22, 2011 4:55 PM

    wow – the lib union is out tonight – howdy boys and/or girls…looters and moochers rise up!!
    when folks who know how thing work (like danetow) get around to this one – you’ll be drowned out just like you have been in all the other forums – if the players want to be bosses, then maybe they’d better stop pissin’ away their money and buy a team!!! else, SHUT UP AND PLAY!!!

  29. FinFan68 says: Apr 22, 2011 4:57 PM

    Why is it that some fans blame the owners for taking the deal in 2006 (“It’s their own fault”), yet don’t give that same blame to the players right now? The owners signed the last deal because they thought it could work out even though 2 were absolutely against it. Those two were right but no games were lost because the owners negotiated. Now, the players are not negotiating and the owners are being blamed for the potential loss of games. So far, the only ones involved in this mess that have not made “less money” are the players. Sure, some of them lost a bonus here and there, but they did so willingly. The players walked out and decertified. That FORCED the lockout instead of preventing it like they wanted. The lockout would never have happened if the players had any intention of negotiating, thus, they would never have lost those bonuses.

  30. footballgeek11 says: Apr 22, 2011 5:03 PM

    Don’t forget some teams starting trimming staff a couple of years out, using the “upcoming labor dispute” as the reason. Also, I am not sure the teams and league have been as aggressive selling tickets, since they would later be able to point to the decrease in revenues.

    If I was the Union, I would be asking questions about these two issues that impacted the bottom line of teams and the league.

  31. puntpasskick says: Apr 22, 2011 5:04 PM

    @ FinFan68…

    What great deal should’ve the players taken????

    Please explain this to me because I’ve already stated in another post what this “great deal” was, and why there was a shroud of secrecy around the “money” involved ( to protect the PR interests of the NFL)…

  32. fran021 says: Apr 22, 2011 5:19 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Apr 22, 2011 3:46 PM
    Now we only need to get the oil company execs to do the same. About 50-75% is about right for them.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Somebody tell me why there was a single thumbs down for this????

  33. bsmb says: Apr 22, 2011 5:25 PM

    bottom line the employees are taking the biggest hit out of all of this…they work the hardest and get payed the least…maybe an nfl employee union should get started

  34. nineroutsider says: Apr 22, 2011 5:27 PM

    Locking out is not negotiating no matter how you try to rationalize it.

    The owners shouldn’t have made the deal plain and simple…it is hard to go backwards and that is what they are trying to do.

    Why do you feel the need to defend the owners? I am not trying to defend the players, but realize that both sides are culpable in this deal and we the fans need to apply maximum pressure to make it end.

    So funny that because I don’t drop to my knees and open wide…I am a ‘lib Union’ guy says an idiot who clearly can’t articulate his thoughts successfully.

    Wat do dis meane, “when folks who know how thing work (like danetow) get around to this one”?

  35. nflfan101 says: Apr 22, 2011 5:29 PM

    I know one thing – PFT and I see this mess completely differently.

    PFT sees mean, greedy owners who do not want to negotiate, who don’t care about the longevity of the game, and who are not entitled to make any money. I see owners who state that they need more income, who want to negotiate a more fair deal, who believe that if they do not have a more fair deal, teams will ultimately fold and the NFL hurt.

    PFT sees players as underpaid, under appreciated, ready to make a deal (it is all the owners’ fault). I see players as a group of workers who are being lead astray by a “leader”, D. Smith, who doesn’t care about them, who is only interested in his own agenda, and who does not want to negotiate as evidenced by his walking out on the CBA negotiations and not attending court ordered mediation.

    As for owners, PFT views Jerry Richardson as one of the most mean and greedy owners. Isn’t it odd that he is taking care of the non-football staff and doesn’t plan to lay off anyone?

  36. nineroutsider says: Apr 22, 2011 5:57 PM

    The league is wildly popular and making more money than it ever has, so when they start to lay people off (before missing games) while they continuously soak the fans and squeeze every ounce of juice they can out of the orange, it gets annoying.

    What can you say…the super liberal sports media is at it again. Boy, the wide reaching arms of the liberal conspirators has infiltrated all aspects of our corrupt and immoral society. They desire to reduce us all to servants of the intellectual and union elite.

    Luckily, we have the freedom loving, God fearing, boys of the PFT forums to set us straight and to start a grassroots movement so large that it makes the Tea Party look like a sewing circle.

  37. wetpaperbag2 says: Apr 22, 2011 6:02 PM

    This is why the late Gene Upshaw was so valuable. He kept BOTH sides negotiating and understood that both sides would have to give up something in order to move forward. The players and owners respected Upshaw and Upshaw KNEW how to positively talk to people and also knew when to be the “tough guy.”

    Upshaw had clout with the owners because of his tutelage at bargaining and deal making from Al Davis, but also garnered the respect from the players because he played the game at one of the toughest positions, was a Hall of Famer, and was a standup guy. But most importantly, Gene Upshaw LED.

    DeMaurice Smith’s problem is that he isn’t a “tough guy,” nor is he seen as a colleague because he never played the game. He’s an administrator and a lawyer.

    The owners don’t like the guy because Smith is a lawyer and that means as a lawyer, there is no “common sense” about his approach. There will be a continual I can out lawyer YOUR lawyers pissing match and Smith is convinced that his “skills” in the courtroom will triumph, whereas the owners would like to settle this matter in a board room (where it SHOULD belong).

    What Smith lacks is the knowledge of knowing how to compromise because as an attorney, your goal is to win for your client at all costs and not give an inch in the process. Upshaw knew how to remove ego and replace it with bullheaded common sense.

  38. nineroutsider says: Apr 22, 2011 6:26 PM

    wetpaperbag2…great post!

    The players are being led astray be their lawyer leaders. I believe this is even happening to the NFL, but to a lesser degree.

    Both sides need to hate they deal they sign, that is how compromise works.

    Just read about the framing and adoption of our Constitution, at the time everyone hated the document yet they had to sell its virtues to their follow statesmen and garner enough passing votes which was very tough.

  39. airraid77 says: Apr 22, 2011 6:34 PM

    nineroutsider,
    I dare you to propose that you would live under the rules de- smith is proposing for the owners…

    The players agreed and signed the same agreement that the players did. IN THAT AGREEMENT, was the right of either side to back out the agreement.

    Not taking sides? MY ARSE! you are so pro player its not funny.
    You can only say those things about limbaugh if you have never listened to a word he actually said.
    But then again you get your news from comedians so what do I expect.

    Since you are so pro player/anti rich why dont you send me pay start paying me to post….I am entitled to it….by your twisted screwed up logic.

  40. jimsjam33 says: Apr 22, 2011 7:11 PM

    Sorry ,

    But I say screw the NFL , the owners , players , employee’s and cities that entertain them ; afterall , I live in Los Angeles and that’s what the NFL did to us in 1995 . Karma baby !

  41. FinFan68 says: Apr 22, 2011 7:45 PM

    puntpasskick says:
    Apr 22, 2011 5:04 PM
    @ FinFan68…

    What great deal should’ve the players taken????

    Please explain this to me because I’ve already stated in another post what this “great deal” was, and why there was a shroud of secrecy around the “money” involved ( to protect the PR interests of the NFL)…
    ———————-
    What are you talking about? I didn’t mention anything about a great deal. I said the players didn’t negotiate this time around and that is a fact. The owners are the bad guys to some people because they want a better deal this go around. Last time it was the players that wanted a better deal but the owners negotiated instead of locking them out back then. If they would have stood firm 4-5 years ago, this mess would have happened then. Why did we have football in 2006/2007, etc.? Because the owners negotiated with the players. Why is there a possibility of cancelled games this year? Because the players refused to negotiate. How is that difficult to grasp?

  42. prmpft says: Apr 22, 2011 8:09 PM

    i’ve seen alot worse things thrown @ folks than i threw @ the prancinghost – & their stuff got published – i’m just sayin’…

  43. puntpasskick says: Apr 22, 2011 9:07 PM

    @ FinFan68…

    You keep mentioning that the players never negotiated before they decertified…

    It’s false; during the week of March 11th ( around Monday or Tuesday ) the players and the small owner contingent agreed on the framework of a rookie cap system, plus the players conceded $300 million dollars ( out of the billion that the owners demanded ).

    On Wednesday of that week, the rest of the owners committee showed up and put a halt to negotiations. It was believed that during this time, the owners were preparing their “last ditch” proposal while the NFLPA waited half of Wednesday and all of Thursday to negotiate, only to be sent home.

    On March 11th ( Friday ), the owners presented their “last ditch” proposal ( which was only $50 million less [$650 million] than what they demanded before ), which the players had every right to refuse since they never had to give up any money at all in the first place.

    The NFL never released the dollar figures to the public, and instead released the minor details that were going to be agreed on anyway if there was an agreement on a CBA ( like allocated money to veterans healthcare and pensions, better concussion testing, etc… ).

    They made it seem like the players passed on a good deal when in fact, IT WASN’T EVEN CLOSE. That’s why your claim that the players never negotiated is false, so don’t act like the players had every intention of decertifying…

  44. laeaglefan says: Apr 23, 2011 3:50 PM

    “It’s obvious that the owners feel they aren’t being compensated for the economic risks they are taking”

    What risks? With the TV contracts in place today, they are GUARANTEED of making millions of dollars, no matter what!

  45. jupiter999 says: Apr 23, 2011 5:31 PM

    Since they’re taking a pay cut, that means the only ones left who haven’t voluntarily cut their pay is…

    CONGRESS.

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