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Cardinals to start staff furloughs next week

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Cardinals employees without a contract are about to get locked out.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Cardinals are invoking a one-week forced furlough for all non-contracted employees starting Sunday after midnight.  They won’t be allowed to attend the team’s training facility or check email.  (Seriously? Checking email?)

The Cardinals, run by the Bidwill family, have been one of the most aggressive teams in slashing pay during the lockout.  The Cardinals coaching staff are contracted employees and have already seen their salaries cut by 35%.

No matter who you blame for the lockout, this behavior is gutless.  (Even if it is unsurprising.)  Owners knew this lockout was possibly coming and many planned appropriately for it,which shouldn’t be so hard to do at a time of unprecedented wealth for the league.

Other teams like the Cardinals and Dolphins decided it was palatable to punish those employees who could least afford it.

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  1. eaglesfan290 says: May 20, 2011 11:20 AM

    What does not being able to check your work e-mail have to do with cutting costs? That just borders on the bizarre and scream control freak!

  2. joe6606 says: May 20, 2011 11:20 AM

    yet another example of how scummy the owners are.

    every day that passes, I am more and more supportive of the players.

    STICK IT TO THEM!!!!

  3. vdaigglesfan says: May 20, 2011 11:24 AM

    Cardinals go “cheap, cheap.”

  4. childressrulz says: May 20, 2011 11:25 AM

    Typical rich guy. You can’t trust them at all. Usually the larger a person’s portfolio the bigger POS they are.

  5. bearsblow says: May 20, 2011 11:26 AM

    More proof this organization is a 3rd rate one at best. They will never win a SB.

  6. nooittall says: May 20, 2011 11:26 AM

    This action comes as no surprise. Bidwill has long been a joke in the league and especially among the owners. He has been notoriously cheap since he inherited the team. It was supposed to be his brother Stormy that was to run the team, but he passed away also, so the bufoon gets it by default. He knows nothing about football. All his decisions have been made on what makes him the most money. He’s paid his employees a fraction of what others in the league make. And like a coward he rarely ever faces the public and critics, choosing instead to parade Rod Graves out there to take the heat. Even though Rod has nothing to say about the team, but perception is reality. The only reason they ever made it to the Super Bowl was because he stumbled into hiring Whisenhunt and he and his staff were able to do the coaching and scouting to overcome an incompetent scouting department and have some short lived success. But that never lasts, just look an Cincy. At least Cincy makes no bones about how cheap they are, you know what you’re getting there. Billy Bidwill should be ashamed of what he’s doing now and for his history of incompetence. Just like Irsay, clueless, but at least he had a momentary lapse of clearity and hired another screamer to take his dads place, so he can not worry about running the team and concentrating on how to make his life interesting so he can wite a book about it some day.

  7. cup1981 says: May 20, 2011 11:28 AM

    This is just as bad as a player taking out a high-interest loan at this time. What money are they missing out on that constitutes these cutbacks? If they are doing this during a lockout offseason, where no real money is lost, then that means they must do this EVERY offseason… Well, not really, these crappy owners are just seeing an opportunity to skimp a few bucks without looking like the bad guy.

    Shameful….

  8. armchairgm9 says: May 20, 2011 11:44 AM

    If the owners can’t plan financially for the lockout I’m afraid of the situation for the players. You knew this was coming, do everything you can to do the right thing and prepare ahead of time. You’re worth a billion dollars, and you can’t afford $50-100k per week in salary for the people living paycheck to paycheck? And it should be pointed out that the teams aren’t losing a ton of revenue right now that they normally have. It’s the offseason. They aren’t going broke.

  9. clintonportisheadd says: May 20, 2011 11:45 AM

    Where are all the pro owner folks who day after day after day defend these people as “astute businessmen who have the right to run their teams the way they want!”?

    Lets hear it guys. Tell us how these laid off Cardinal employees serve at the pleasure of the owner and don’t deserve any sympathy. Tell us how these laid off people ought to lucky just to be working at an NFL team and shouldn’t complain.

    I guess the upside of all the NFL layoffs is that there will be less team employees available to rig the comments sections of PFT with pro-ownership propaganda.

  10. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 20, 2011 11:48 AM

    nooitall says:

    “He has been notoriously cheap”

    “He’s paid his employees a fraction of what others in the league make.”

    “All his decisions have been made on what makes him the most money”.

    **************************************

    Sounds like a smart businessman to me

  11. myeaglescantwin says: May 20, 2011 11:57 AM

    first off vdaigglesfan , cracked me up. coworkers were staring.

    I support the players 100%.. mostly all truly love playing football.. ALL of the owners love makin money,, & thats what this is all about. . disgusting.

    The players have the power right now. I hope they continue to hold out and stand their ground in negotiations. they should keep goin till they get terms they want and the longterm healthcare they need.

    the longer this goes, the stronger the players get. The owners have bills to pay,, big ones. Its only a matter of time till they cave.
    + you know how much a pro athlete gets on unemployment !! theyr fine

  12. ernestbynershands says: May 20, 2011 11:59 AM

    Interesting, owners/players will piss off the people who watch them, pay them, and now the people who work for them.
    N.F.L.=No Fans Left

  13. leftcoastnative says: May 20, 2011 11:59 AM

    The Bidwill family always has been known as “cheap.” Apparel companies have an agreement with the NFL to supply each team with “X” amount of dollars of gear, T-shirts, shorts, socks, jocks, windbreakers, etc. Bidwill was/is so cheap and such a miser that he ordered the equipment manager to issue each coach a set amount of gear – 2 T-shirts, 2 pairs of coaching shorts, 4 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of coaching shoes, 4 jocks, etc. Any additional gear, which Bidwill received for free each year, which coaches wanted, or if they needed another T-shirt, was charged against the salaries of the coaches and staff. In other words, Bidwill was getting it for free and then charging the coaches and players for the same equipment and gear.

    Also, back in the days before computerized, league-wide video services and exchanges, the Cardinals made the play-offs, but Bidwill would allow the director of video to duplicate only the opponent’s previous 3 games because he did not want the additional cost for duplicating more game film. The opponent had all of the Cardinals’ film, but the Cardinal coaches and players were hamstrung by Bidwill’s cheap mentality.

    Even though the league operated under a salary cap where there is a floor and a ceiling, Bidwill always has found ways to scrounge and bleed more money to stuff his wallet.

    Notoriously a cheap, penny-pinching and conniving owner.

    I never will forget when Don Coryell was the head coach when the franchise was back in St. Louis and Bidwill’s wife picked a QB as draft choice from a picture in the Street and Smith magazine. “He looks like a nice, clean cut young man,” was her comment. The kid had a bad arm and could not throw the ball across the street, but the Cards drafted him anyway.

  14. jesse1834 says: May 20, 2011 12:03 PM

    The NFLAPA need to toss in the towel. The owners clearly have the advantage in the court system. Letting this continue in the courts is going to cause harm to non-contracted employees, paid interns, vendors, contractors, media members that cover the games and local businesses, as these individuals won’t get paid, will get paid less and/or lose money as a direct result of the lock out. Aside from the fans, these individuals have the most to lose from the lockout. If it makes hm happy, D-Smith can even spin it in the media that the players caved in order to have football, so the fans and the aforementioned individuals aren’t screwed. Get a deal done!!!!!!!!!!

  15. capslockkey says: May 20, 2011 12:07 PM

    @clintonportisheadd

    These people don’t deserve it because they aren’t the one’s suing the league or having the dispute with ownership. What do people think that “warchest” of money from TV deals was going to be used for? Paying their normal employees, but of course the players and Judge Doty made sure and put a stop to that.

    That being said, Bidwell has always been a cheap ass, and he should have prepared for the lockout better, just like the broke ass players taking out loans.

  16. airraid77 says: May 20, 2011 12:08 PM

    They have every right to cut salary. but if you never pay bills,much less run a buisness, you have a hard time understanding that concept…..that is what this whole mess is about, COST!

  17. psuphinphan says: May 20, 2011 12:10 PM

    OMG… The NFL is a business and the owners are trying to make money? I had no idea! Guess what… If the league employees also feel like slaves, they’re free to take their talents to other employers.

  18. bfieldlion says: May 20, 2011 12:12 PM

    He’s an idiot because a smarter & enterprising businessman would try to maximize his profit by putting out a product that capitalizes on the enormous growth of the industry it’s in. And Bidwell’s industry is the NFL – a money making machine – and any success his team has achieved has been in spite of him and is akin to the blind squirrel and nut analogy. Whatever nasty stuff is said about Jerry Jones may be true, but he’s a smart businessman. Bidwell is pathetic.

  19. dontlikecravens says: May 20, 2011 12:22 PM

    Welcome to the new reality in America. Those with power will use it as they see fit. Expect to see a lot more of this across the nation in the next few years. It will be interesting to see the final CBA resolution and of course what will be happening in Baseball and Basketball.

  20. nyfootballgiants says: May 20, 2011 12:25 PM

    I am an HR Professional. The reason that the employees are not allowed to check their emails is not a control freak issue.

    Because it is an unpaid work furlough – they have to ensure that the employees are not working during this time – otherwise they would have to be paid. By communicating this they are protecting themselves in case a wage and hour claim is made against them.

  21. vetdana says: May 20, 2011 12:30 PM

    “All his decisions have been made on what makes him the most money”.

    **************************************

    Sounds like a smart businessman to me

    ‘you reap what you sow’…..’what goes around, comes around’…..HIS TIME WELL EVENTUALLY COME !!!

  22. bigbluefan1 says: May 20, 2011 12:31 PM

    One team has shown the most class and yes boy’s and girls its the Giants
    No one has had to pay for season tickets no one has been laid off and they had a nice little event for us on draft day

  23. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 20, 2011 12:32 PM

    leftcoastnative says:

    “Even though the league operated under a salary cap where there is a floor and a ceiling, Bidwill always has found ways to scrounge and bleed more money to stuff his wallet.”

    “In other words, Bidwill was getting it for free and then charging the coaches and players for the same equipment and gear.”

    *****************************************
    Both examples of sound, smart business moves.

    I sure hope you and nooitall never go into business cause you will go bankrupt.

  24. straitalk says: May 20, 2011 12:43 PM

    You pro owner goobers cant have it both ways. If the owners are truly as bad off as you guys pretend, then cost costing measures are called for. In reality they just want to spread as much financial pain as possible throughout the NFL community to insure everyone is impacted and supportive of their position. They are doing the same thing to their employees that they are doing to the players. Its called a financial bee-atch-slap to get their attention to ensure they get the money they demand. Pimpin ain’t easy…

  25. capslockkey says: May 20, 2011 12:53 PM

    Hopefully these people at least get to enjoy their 1 week’s unpaid vacation like the players are.

  26. 1bigtex says: May 20, 2011 1:11 PM

    I am guessing that our friend 3octaveFart will blame this on having something to do with minimum wage or a lack of union labor. Good luck to those losing their jobs.

  27. vdaigglesfan says: May 20, 2011 1:13 PM

    bigbluefan1 says:
    May 20, 2011 12:31 PM
    One team has shown the most class and yes boy’s and girls its the Giants
    No one has had to pay for season tickets no one has been laid off and they had a nice little event for us on draft day
    ___________________________________

    Maybe Mara is so “classy” with you guys because he got his half of the team the old fashioned way, he inherited it. He can afford to be loose with found money. If anyone could afford to stay “classy” and not extract a PSL, you’d think it would be him. But no, not Mr. “Classy.” Enjoy your PSL in that overgrown microwave. And please, please, stay “classy.”

  28. gji6 says: May 20, 2011 1:16 PM

    As nyfootballgiants mentioned above, if you are moving forward with staff furloughs then there is nothing strange about telling people that they can’t check “WORK” email because that is time that has to be paid. This is common practice.

    That has nothing to do with the fact that unpaid work furlough for those that make the least amount of money is a very bad practice for the NFL. It is just a necessary step that comes as a result of a bad decision.

  29. nineroutsider says: May 20, 2011 1:24 PM

    I am a huge fan of the Bidwills, they know how to keep a team in the division down. They have been in the league since 1920 have made six whole playoff appearances, or something like that.

    Bidwills – keep it all business baby! You will run the only decent coach you’ve had in the last 20 years out of there soon enough.

  30. mizzouram says: May 20, 2011 1:32 PM

    iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says:
    May 20, 2011 11:48 AM

    Sounds like a smart businessman to me
    ___________________________________
    Wow you really cozy up to aristocracy, don’t you?

    Question: How many Super Bowls has Bidwell got with his business acumen? If he is such a smart business man, why are the Cardinals 23rd in the league in overall value and at the bottom in overall operating income?

    Sounds like an idiot to me.

  31. stanklepoot says: May 20, 2011 1:47 PM

    iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 20, 2011 11:48 AM

    nooitall says:

    “He has been notoriously cheap”

    “He’s paid his employees a fraction of what others in the league make.”

    “All his decisions have been made on what makes him the most money”.

    **************************************

    Sounds like a smart businessman to me
    ________________________
    Not even close. A smart businessman knows that a quality product pays off in time. They also know that they only way to make a better product is to reinvest in the company. For a normal business that means R&D, Marketing, etc. For a football team it means better players, better coaches, and better front office staff. The better the team you field, the more tickets (and everything that goes with attendance, e.g. concessions, parking, etc) and merchandise you sell. In other words, income increases. That increase in income, along with the increase in reputation that comes from being a perennially competitive team, increases the value of the franchise itself. That’s important when you figure that, much like stock, the real profit comes from an increase in the value of the actual investment.

    The problem with owners like Bidwell is that they think only in the short-term. In cutting costs at the expense of the competitiveness of the franchise, Bidwell boosts his profit margin in the short term, but costs himself both income and limits the increase in value of the franchise in the long-term.

  32. irchs1963 says: May 20, 2011 1:56 PM

    My point of view…. For an organization, such as the Cardinals run by the Bidwell family……if they were to pursue and promote the same effort in their Football Operations as they do with cost cutting wages/income from their office staff, etc. – they might become a successful NFL franchise !!!!! The word ‘cheap’ comes to mind !!!!

  33. stanklepoot says: May 20, 2011 2:13 PM

    jesse1834 says: May 20, 2011 12:03 PM

    The NFLAPA need to toss in the towel. The owners clearly have the advantage in the court system. Letting this continue in the courts is going to cause harm to non-contracted employees, paid interns, vendors, contractors, media members that cover the games and local businesses, as these individuals won’t get paid, will get paid less and/or lose money as a direct result of the lock out. Aside from the fans, these individuals have the most to lose from the lockout. If it makes hm happy, D-Smith can even spin it in the media that the players caved in order to have football, so the fans and the aforementioned individuals aren’t screwed. Get a deal done!!!!!!!!!!
    ____________________
    Let me get this straight, the owners are slashing salaries (or in the case of the Raiders, forcing all employees to sell tickets to games their own marketing department can’t sell to avoid pay cuts) without reducing their employees working hours and laying people off despite the fact that no games or tv money have yet been lost, and you go on a rant about the players? Side with the owners all you want, but at least use a little common sense.

    As for the owners having an advantage in the courts, they got the stay they wanted. So far, that’s it. Even if they win the appeal, that’s simply about the lockout. If they can starve the players into submission, the owners win. If the players can hold out until the actual anti-trust case makes it to court, the owners are in serious trouble. Personally, I’d love to see them try to argue that they aren’t fixing costs and prices, or preventing the movement of employees from one company to another. Those are the very duties the league was created to carry out. The one thing we do agree on is that a deal needs to be reached much sooner than that process would take. To do that, both sides need to compromise.

    One final note, we fans are not the ones suffering most in this stand off. Maybe we’ll see a fall off in performance early in the year, and maybe we’ll even miss some games. All of that is just entertainment. While it would suck to lose it, it’s nothing compared to what the people that work in the $2 billion a year fantasy football market, the team and league employees, the restaurants and bars, and the stores near the stadiums will lose out on if games are missed. Oh, and let’s not forget the local and state governments that have already put up hundreds of millions of dollars to build some of these stadiums. The league strong armed them into giving up that kind of money with threats that their team would be moved, and that they’d lose the revenue that comes from people attending those games. Now, for all of that money they’ve paid out, the league could simply keep the players locked out to the point that games are lost.

  34. stanklepoot says: May 20, 2011 2:19 PM

    bigbluefan1 says: May 20, 2011 12:31 PM

    One team has shown the most class and yes boy’s and girls its the Giants
    No one has had to pay for season tickets no one has been laid off and they had a nice little event for us on draft day
    _______________________
    And all of this while they’re paying for that nice new stadium. As an Eagles fan, I clearly don’t love the Giants. I do, however, have a great deal of respect for their ownership and front office. Heck, I even respect the team they put on the field. I still want to see my Eagles beat them at every opportunity of course.

  35. stairwayto7 says: May 20, 2011 3:36 PM

    This is not entirely true. This furlough has been planned for a while, even before the lockout! ESPN needs to get facts straight!

  36. CKL says: May 20, 2011 4:06 PM

    Owners: please don’t let Bidwell have a voice in negotiations. There’s smart cost cutting then there’s being penny wise and pound foolish which is what Bidwell is doing here. IF they are actually in dire financial straits, the FIRST thing they should do if they are good leaders of people is CUT their OWN PAY and then pay their people the same, a little less or if worse comes to worse, lay them off. NEVER ask employees to take pay and benefits cuts if you don’t. It’s disgusting.

  37. pmzamboni says: May 20, 2011 4:14 PM

    Okay, correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t the teams start losing revenue only if games are missed? If so, aren’t they just using the lockout as an excuse to pad the bottom line? Don’t get me wrong, I think capitalism is okay, but blaming the furlough on the lockout is a bit disingenuous. Not surprising, but just another smokescreen.

    Look, the sooner everyone sees that the owners are just trying to get to the first players’ missed paychecks, the faster this ends. As for me, I just need to know if the bus to hell has wifi. I’m not lugging that ipad around for nothing…

  38. airraid77 says: May 20, 2011 4:47 PM

    pmzamboni,
    their is no production. Why would you pay for no production? the owners are not money trees. You have to have money coming in to send it out.

  39. dirtdawg55 says: May 20, 2011 5:34 PM

    Bidwell notified employees by courier and then charged them for it.

  40. cup0pizza says: May 21, 2011 2:35 AM

    Crappy organization.

  41. footballgeek11 says: May 21, 2011 2:41 AM

    Let’s see….it seems many teams have planned for this strike in some way or another for about 2-3 years, and Mr. Bidwell’s family did not do any thinking about who actually does the work around the office???

    Mr Bidwell! Michael Bidwell!–Please get a clue, these are the only people in town that have your back!

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