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Lions start staff furloughs

Nick Fairley, Martin Mayhew, Jim Schwartz AP

More and more NFL owners are making their employees pay for their mismanagement.

The Detroit Lions are the latest team to cut back, starting mandatory two week furloughs for team employees on Monday.  The unpaid breaks will apparently include all employees, including the coaching staff.

“While we have made some adjustments to our business operation due to the current labor situation, we are not going to comment specifically about those changes,” the team told the Detroit News Monday.

Back in March, President Tom Lewand said any possible furloughs would include all employees, including G.M. Martin Mayhew and coach Jim Schwartz.

We called the Cardinals gutless for their furloughs, so the Lions and the rest of teams joining them deserve the same notice. We passed along a report Sunday that seven teams have promised not to cut coaching staff pay, even if the lockout extends into the regular season.

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29 Responses to “Lions start staff furloughs”
  1. lionsmaverick says: May 23, 2011 4:46 PM

    The lockout is really beginning to hurt teams like the Lions. They are up-and-coming, and should have had an offseason full of building the strengths that everyone saw last year and fixing the weaknesses to alow them to creep into contention.

    Especially in a city economically as hurting as Detroit, this lockout needs to end…

  2. commoncents says: May 23, 2011 4:47 PM

    You’re gutless Gregg for not printing comments contrary to your beliefs. I wish some of the staff at PFT would take furlough months, starting with you.

  3. cleanslaton says: May 23, 2011 4:50 PM

    Before furloughs, they should’ve tried getting some of that Matt Millen money back. He seems pretty dumb (based on his moves as GM), so maybe they could steal it back with the ol’, ‘Hey Matt, look over there–‘ trick.

  4. alewinsk says: May 23, 2011 4:52 PM

    How is it that the Lions are all of a sudden interested in saving money?

    If I were an employee being furloughed, knowing full well all the money that was wasted on people like Joey Harrington and Matt Millen, I would sure be annoyed.

  5. chatham10 says: May 23, 2011 4:52 PM

    Gregg, just join the players bandwagon, it suits you fine.

  6. seatown12 says: May 23, 2011 4:53 PM

    wow even the GM n coaches? This is bad bad bad for everybody. This ship is sinkin faster n faster

  7. 2mannings1cup says: May 23, 2011 4:56 PM

    Still a team on the rise, but this is just bad publicity. Its too bad we are having to see thisd happening.

  8. steelerrc says: May 23, 2011 4:58 PM

    The longer this lockout goes, the worse the owners look……

  9. smacklayer says: May 23, 2011 5:00 PM

    Who are you to all these teams gutless or mismanaging their teams? Have you ever run a business? Unfortunately businesses need to make cuts in staff occasionally. The Lions and Cardinals are not giant money makers like Dallas or New England.

    No employee (players included) is ever guaranteed employement, especially in difficult economic times amidst a labor problem. Your emotionally based opinion simply strip you of all credibility in my opinion. The good news is that these people still have jobs to com back to.

    Secondly most states allow you to get some type of unemployement compensation for these types of furloughs. So please, leave your bleeding heart liberal bias at the door. We all know this site reeks of siding with labor and players, but your silly sophmore idealistic labor jabs just make your writing subpar.

  10. btownbucfan says: May 23, 2011 5:05 PM

    This lockout is going to far.

    Like we’re supposed to believe the Lion’s are hurting so bad they have to take money from their own employees?

    Not everyone has millions in the bank. Many of these victims are hard working folks just trying to make ends meet.

  11. joeyballgame4 says: May 23, 2011 5:06 PM

    well they still owe $350 million for the “luxurious Ford field”, and now all the employees can join the rest of detroit on the unemployment list…

  12. ballen7 says: May 23, 2011 5:06 PM

    Sounds like the kind of stuff Judge Nelson was talking about.

  13. bigdan7885 says: May 23, 2011 5:10 PM

    Fairley Furlough over here…

  14. willycents says: May 23, 2011 5:11 PM

    “More and more NFL owners are making their employees pay for their mismanagement.”

    Sounds like this “mismanagement” should be investigated further. Gregg, please provide us with the details of this. In fact, even provide us with some conjecture if you don’t have details. Or, what the hell, just invent some, and explain what a more astute businessman you are than the owners and point out how you would run the Lions differently and make them a more successful business.

    waiting….waiting…..

  15. klunge says: May 23, 2011 5:12 PM

    PFT should furlough Rosenthal and give us all a break from his so-called “reporting”.

  16. jamie54 says: May 23, 2011 5:21 PM

    Waiting for PFT to start their furloughs. I mean what, really, do you report on? Over 50% of your content is innuendo and insinuation or fluff articles filling space. Bye bye.

  17. shian11 says: May 23, 2011 5:38 PM

    Again, will someone please explain to me how anyone one in there right mind thinks this would make sense!!
    1. Owners are not paying roster bonuses
    2. Owners are not paying workout Bonuses
    3. Owners are not paying signing bonuses to free agents
    4. Owners are not having to pay negoitiators (obviously)
    5. Owners ar making more money on raised NFL merchandise

    No games have been missed, no tv money has been lost. Why would they need to cut payroll during the offseason if they normally don’t!!

    Then again, I am a season ticket holder who already paid for games that may not happen!! At least I know I paid for an actual seat !!

  18. alewatcher says: May 23, 2011 5:39 PM

    Gutless indeed, especially considering the millions the Lions paid Matt Millen to run the team into the ground.

  19. willycents says: May 23, 2011 5:50 PM

    commoncents says:May 23, 2011 4:47 PM

    You’re gutless Gregg for not printing comments contrary to your beliefs. I wish some of the staff at PFT would take furlough months, starting with you.
    ==============================

    He printed mine and it definitely was contrary to his beliefs, maybe insensitive language and obsceneties are his bane….lol

  20. skoobyfl says: May 23, 2011 6:02 PM

    I’m Fairley certain that the $9 Billion a year that the NFL brings in will overcome the % differences.

  21. spankymcwanky says: May 23, 2011 6:10 PM

    To me this seems like some kind of violation of business morals and business ethics. The owners are the ones who pulled out of the agreement and instituted a lockout, and knew of the possibility for almost2 YEARS. It’s not like this is September and the games aren’t being played and the TV revenue isn’t coming in. Its freaking May!!! They should have prepared for this. Don’t they feel they owe something to the employees who have been loyal to them?

  22. chatham10 says: May 23, 2011 6:17 PM

    Will somebody explain to me why the lockout is the main topic? Why did the players walk out? Why did the players dissolve their union? Why didn’t the players come back with a counter offer?

  23. vetdana says: May 23, 2011 6:28 PM

    Don’t they feel they owe something to the employees who have been loyal to them?

    When it comes to money……GREED rules the day !!….Loyalty ?….. What is that and who has some for sale ? The Owners and Players have NONE ! How about FAN loyalty ?? NONE !

  24. ernieernie says: May 23, 2011 6:41 PM

    I hate to see this happen but there is a war going on if you will and everyone in the NFL is involved, everyone.
    Owners aren’t getting paid, players and now the staff.
    Its life get over it.

  25. dewalt2990 says: May 23, 2011 6:44 PM

    This isn’t Ford’s first time around the block when it comes to cost saving. It’s a business. Had they sold out their season tickets like the Saints, it might be a different story. Tough times call for tough measures.

  26. motorcityroar says: May 23, 2011 7:24 PM

    The Players Association union has been dissolved. If I walked out on a contracted job and demanded more revenue from the business owner that hired me without representation by a union, I would not have that job any longer.
    There are a lot of people that feel under appreciated and under paid at their current positions. For many Americans that is just a part of life. If you don’t like what you are getting paid and you don’t like your job for the amount of money you are receiving then you should go find a different job.
    I work for the government and I am forced to take furlough days just like these team employees. Am I going to threaten my boss and tell him I want more money? I don’t think so.
    Yes, the owners are greedy, but is that a news flash to anyone? If players don’t like it then they should buy their own team and give away as much money as they would like (which wouldn’t be much, because they are just as greedy). Until then you have to tow the line, just like millions of other Americans that don’t agree with or even like their bosses. We live in an economic system that rewards greed. It is time to get back to work or get a new job!

  27. robertallen1958 says: May 23, 2011 7:33 PM

    shian11 says: May 23, 2011 5:38 PM

    Again, will someone please explain to me how anyone one in there right mind thinks this would make sense!!
    1. Owners are not paying roster bonuses
    2. Owners are not paying workout Bonuses
    3. Owners are not paying signing bonuses to free agents
    4. Owners are not having to pay negoitiators (obviously)
    5. Owners ar making more money on raised NFL merchandise

    No games have been missed, no tv money has been lost. Why would they need to cut payroll during the offseason if they normally don’t!!

    Then again, I am a season ticket holder who already paid for games that may not happen!! At least I know I paid for an actual seat !!

    this gentleman is exactly right, teams wouldn’t be doing a whole lot right now anyway, and Gregg Rosenthal your writing is always good as well as the rest of the PFT staff, and @smacklayer, i just hope you never get laid off and have to feed and house you family on what you get from unemployment benefits, and if you don’t like this site no one is twisting your are to come here…..idiot

  28. smacklayer says: May 23, 2011 10:52 PM

    A business is not a charity. If it weren’t for these owners having the business to begin with, these employees would not have these jobs. Yet you condemn them when they need to make tough financial decisions which affect peoples lives.

    Would you condemn them if they just kept their money in a bank account and not invested in a business that employs people?

    These owners are not sitting back lighting cigars with $100 bills laughing at the employee going home on furloughs. These are people they work with everyday, friends, family, etc. I am sure these decisions are coming from a genuine business motive.

    I know this is a foreign concept for people who are lifetime union members and the like, but sometimes business owners need to cut costs if they want their business to succeed. I know you union guys would rather have the business go under before you would ever consider taking a pay cut, but this is a reality. Just look at the INSANE reaction of the unions in Wisconsin when they DARE try to make some VERY reasonable changes to the compensation system there.

    Would the players/partners like to pony up some of their cash to avoid furloughs and layoffs?

  29. axespray says: May 23, 2011 11:33 PM

    the players are gutless for not accepting the proposed CBA from the owners.

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