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The list of teams cutting pay during the lockout

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Millionaire players and billionaire owners aren’t the only ones losing money during the lockout. Here’s our rundown of which teams are cutting employees’ salaries and which ones have vowed not to do so:

Arizona Cardinals: A one-week forced furlough for all non-contracted employees. Cardinals coaching staff are contracted employees and have already seen their salaries cut by 35%.

Atlanta Falcons: Cutting the pay of some office staff.

Baltimore Ravens: At first they planned an across-the-board reduction in non-player pay of 25 percent, then they thought better of it and reversed course.

Buffalo Bills: Plan no layoffs or furloughs but have imposed pay cuts for all employees, up to 25 percent.  They also cut all staff pensions.

Carolina Panthers: Owner Jerry Richardson has told employees he won’t cut their pay, lay them off or furlough them during the lockout, even if it lasts several months.

Cleveland Browns: No plans to cut employees’ pay. Mike Holmgren says if it has to happen, it starts with him.

Dallas Cowboys: No plans for any pay cuts or layoffs.

Detroit Lions: Mandatory two-week unpaid furloughs have begun.

Green Bay Packers: Have a contingency plan in place but have not cut pay yet.

Indianapolis Colts: Promised not to cut coaching staff pay even if the lockout extends into the season.

Kansas City Chiefs: Every employee will see a pay cut, no layoffs or furloughs.

Miami Dolphins: Team employees who make more than $75,000 a year will have their pay cut 20 percent. Those with salaries of $50,000 to $75,000 will face a 15 percent pay cut and those making less than $50,000 will face a 10 percent pay cut. GM Jeff Ireland, head coach Tony Sparano and the assistant coaches will get a pay cut starting June 1.

New England Patriots: No decision yet on whether to cut pay.

New York Giants: Promised not to cut coaching staff pay even if the lockout extends into the season.

New York Jets: Football operations employees will take a 25% pay cut. Everyone else will have mandatory furloughs. If no preseason games are missed, the employees will be reimbursed for the money.

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders aren’t reducing pay or putting employees on furlough but are telling employees to sell season tickets.

Philadelphia Eagles: Promised not to cut coaching staff pay even if the lockout extends into the season.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Promised not to cut coaching staff pay even if the lockout extends into the season.

Seattle Seahawks: Promised not to cut coaching staff pay even if the lockout extends into the season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sent employees home without pay for the week following Memorial Day.

League office: All employees have taken a 12 percent pay cut, while Roger Goodell and Jeff Pash have cut their salaries to $1 as long as the lockout lasts.

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47 Responses to “The list of teams cutting pay during the lockout”
  1. Mike Tomlin says: May 24, 2011 10:49 AM

    Owners of teams cutting pay becuase they themselves are dragging the CBA through the courthouse mud should be ashamed of themselves.

  2. xoguy says: May 24, 2011 10:57 AM

    NFL Films – Eliminated cafeteria, vending machines, and coffee stations.

  3. winkeroni says: May 24, 2011 10:57 AM

    I don’t think the financial burden from the lockout will hurt ownership enough that they won’t be able to pay their staff. If they want to save money they can fire their lawyers and make a deal with the NFLPA.

  4. duanethomas says: May 24, 2011 11:05 AM

    Of the five teams on your list who are having some kind of cut or reduction, they have one Super Bowl Championship combined in the last 25 years…and that one was under a different owner (Modell-Ravens). Think there’s a connection between on & off the field performance? Stupid owners. When you update put the rest of the usual suspects, Bungals, Deadskins, etc……

  5. airraid77 says: May 24, 2011 11:06 AM

    another bleeding heart liberal, communist, socialist, leading to total govt controlled society story.

  6. shallowfan says: May 24, 2011 11:08 AM

    So, a lot of team employees have taken between 10-35% pay cut. I don’t know about you, but I would struggle if my pay got cut that much…i wonder if goodell, pash, de smith, the owners, etc… are struggling during the lockout like some of their employees who are taking these cuts?

    And for those that might argue that this is like a vacation for employees think again. You don’t think that things are business as usual for most positions on a team? I would bet employees are expected to show up pretty much the same amount of time. It’s no vacation I’m sure.

    So for the dolphins the guy making $50k a year loses up to $5k (10%). I guess the owners of the dolphins need that $5k more than the guy trying to feed his family…it’s a sad day when someone who has riches beyond belief can take someone’s pay who is just trying to provide for his/her family.

  7. bengalsown says: May 24, 2011 11:12 AM

    Who cares? Most companies have reduced salaries or cut employees in the last 5 years.

  8. seatown12 says: May 24, 2011 11:23 AM

    @airraid77

    You realize that you sound as ridiculous as DeMo right

  9. smacklayer says: May 24, 2011 11:37 AM

    I think the players need to help support these laid-off and furloughed employees. They are the ones who killed the owners lockout insurance fund that would help keep these people employed.

  10. airraid77 says: May 24, 2011 11:53 AM

    those millionaires and billionaires run buisnesses it is not yet law that they are required to keep people employed.
    do you pay for cable service you not recieving?
    I dont have a problem with either side wanting money or more of it, I have a problem with how the players went about remedying it……

  11. hendawg21 says: May 24, 2011 11:54 AM

    Lets see with the price of food going up as well as the cost of gas heck just say the cost of living…and peoples pay either being slashed and or frozen i.e. gov’t employees, my question is just who do the NFL owners and players feel will be in a position to pay for anything NFL when they do decide to get back to football business???

    Sure glad I gave up my season tickets 3 years ago I couldn’t see paying what I was paying and them wanting the money now with the season in doubt…my daddy didn’t raise no fool so no product no cash…

  12. cup0pizza says: May 24, 2011 12:15 PM

    Cowboys one of the classy teams here. Suck it, haters.

  13. Deb says: May 24, 2011 12:23 PM

    @smacklayer …

    I’m sorry but you can’t just take money that is contractually earmarked for shared revenues and funnel it into your own pockets to fund a lockout or anything else. That’s like saying a company should blame the police because they stopped the CEO from funding his lockout fund with money he was embezzling. And no, it doesn’t matter if the owners were planning to reimburse the money. Would it matter to the cops if the CEO said he was planning to reimburse the embezzled funds? :roll:

    PFT reported in March that Rooney is the poorest of league owners yet the Steelers aren’t cutting salaries. So why are these other owners cutting salaries?

  14. joetoronto says: May 24, 2011 12:28 PM

    Even more proof that Al Davis is it in to win it.

    He’s not in it for the money.

  15. airraid77 says: May 24, 2011 12:32 PM

    its called liabilities, bills,…whats going out.
    That is something that liberals dont understand.
    just because your not the richest doesnt mean you are not well positioned.
    all you have to do deb, is look at the steelers on the field success…..
    Not every team is run the exact same way or has the exact same owners, much to your dismay.

  16. shallowfan says: May 24, 2011 12:53 PM

    “another bleeding heart liberal, communist, socialist, leading to total govt controlled society story.”

    What?

    I’m all for ppl running their businesses the way they want to and I’m generally on the owners side in this dispute, but look at the facts…

    1. NFL is making money hand over fist. No hardship on any owner…they just feel like they are paying the players too much.

    2. Employees make the team successful. You need public relations, community relations, accounting, coaching, scouts, etc…

    3. NFL wants team employees to “side” with them ie: not communicate with players and uphold the rules of the lockout to help make the lockout successful and apply pressure to the players.

    4. NFL has put money away for the last 2 years to prepare for this lockout. (see previous pft posts over the last several months for the amts the league put away to help teams etc… for lockout)

    5. A lot of teams are cutting every employee’s salary and the league has cut all salaries even though no games have been played or money lost yet.

    This just does not add up for me and if I was an employer who was making money hand over fist and still cutting my employees salaries just to prove a point (which is what it boils down to) I couldn’t sleep at night. How much money are they really stuffing away by cutting salaries? It’s just a maneuver in this labor fight and one that is costing league/team employees who are trying to provide for their families.

    I feel for you team/league employees…it’s not right.

  17. airraid77 says: May 24, 2011 12:57 PM

    very simple, no money coming in any time soon, time to start preparing like their will be no money coming in…
    How many people would line up to get one of those jobs?
    They did not back out of the lockout because increasing revenues…………ROLMAO!

  18. kevinfromphilly says: May 24, 2011 12:58 PM

    Well, what do you know? As soon as the NFL announces payroll cuts, all the pro owner “thumbs up” votes disappear. Not seeing any of the “Unions are evil” posters anymore either. But none of the teams were cramming the ballot boxes with pro-NFL propaganda postings, right?

  19. nypd1056 says: May 24, 2011 1:04 PM

    Its called CASH FLOW, if no cash is coming in, there will be nothing to spend. Lets also remember it was the union that decertified, causing the owners to lock out the players, so the union as well as management is to blame for these employees loosing money.

  20. airraid77 says: May 24, 2011 1:04 PM

    I am still looking somebody to jump up and say they would gladly accept the top tax rate as a way of life, and now with this,jump up and say they would pay their cable while getting no cable or cell phone while getting no service….
    Its one of the true crimes of the gop, which has done a HORRIFIC job of explaining their views….
    But that can be explained because the blue dog democrats run the gop now…..which has created the tea party.

  21. tinopuno says: May 24, 2011 1:13 PM

    airraid77 says: May 24, 2011 11:06 AM

    another bleeding heart liberal, communist, socialist, leading to total govt controlled society story.

    —————————————————-

    Will someone please wheel this old man inside. He’s had much too much sun and the birds are dropping on him again.

  22. richsaint says: May 24, 2011 1:18 PM

    Ya know what team isnt up there? Mike Brown and The Bengals, until he cuts pay every team that has done it already should really look in the mirror and know, they are being cheaper with their employees than mike brown.

  23. airraid77 says: May 24, 2011 1:21 PM

    tinopuno comrade, truth hurts!

  24. sdboltaction says: May 24, 2011 1:24 PM

    @Deb

    Sure, maybe Ambassador Rooney is just a good guy, the nice one …. or maybe he may have some political motivations as well, I’m sure there’s a method to his madness.

  25. vahawker says: May 24, 2011 1:24 PM

    kevinfromphilly says: May 24, 2011 12:58 PM

    Well, what do you know? As soon as the NFL announces payroll cuts, all the pro owner “thumbs up” votes disappear.

    Apples to Cumquats Kevin, Supporting the owners on CBA side because the PLAYERS walked out without making a counter offer to either of the TWO offers the owners made does not mean you support the owners in every business decision they make.

    In the grown up world people can see the differences. Of course, if people can’t make that type of distinction, it certainly explains all the “pro-player” people who refuse to acknowledge that there would possibly be a new CBA if not for DeMoron walking away from negotiations.

  26. richsaint says: May 24, 2011 1:28 PM

    Shallowfan
    According to the NFL they are not making money hand over fist. They claim that largely they have had some growth but that many of them are not making as much money and didnt they claim some teams lost money?
    The one public team GB in their 2010 financials showed that they only maid a profit of $5m, THE PACKERS! THEY HAVE A YEARS LONG WAITING LIST FOR SEASON TICKETS! LITERALLY! If the packers who sell out every game only made $5m what do you think that Buffalo made? Detroit?
    The reason that they are cutting pay for now is that they are not bringing in season ticket revenues like they have in previous years flat out with less renewals they will have less income coming in.
    I am not saying I completely agree with them cutting, I do however understand why they are cutting.
    The teams who have truly had a few bad years monetarily (maybe the lions, bills, etc) I understand them cutting, however the teams that have been perenial sell outs and perenial play off teams? Cardinals and Jets for example….thats classless absolutely classless. You cant tell me especially the jets that in the biggest media market in the NFL and with a new Stadium last year they dont have a few extra bills laying around to pay their employees fully.

  27. airraid77 says: May 24, 2011 1:31 PM

    why is it that so many of you insist that anybody is owed a job? especially based purely on the assumption that they have money to just give away.

  28. klunge says: May 24, 2011 1:32 PM

    kevinfromphilly says:
    May 24, 2011 12:58 PM
    Well, what do you know? As soon as the NFL announces payroll cuts, all the pro owner “thumbs up” votes disappear. Not seeing any of the “Unions are evil” posters anymore either. But none of the teams were cramming the ballot boxes with pro-NFL propaganda postings, right?
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    I’ll bite on this one. Thumbs up for the owners position. Unions are evil.
    And I say this from the vantage of an employee of an auto parts manufacturer who has worked on a pay cut for 2.5 of the last 4 years on a pay cut to help my company survive rock bottom in this industry. Employees get paid from the company’s income, not shareholders personal bank accounts. When there’s no income, the company makes cuts to continue solvent.
    Things at my place levelled out and my pay was restored, just like all these people’s pay will be too. I’m not pro-paycut, it’s just sometimes a necessary downside to business strife. If teams don’t restore it when football resumes, then I’ll turn on them.
    I’m not even going to get started on unions in this post. However I will say the entire concept of a union for underprivileged & abused millionaire athletes is insulting to the intelligence of those who have any.

  29. trickbunny says: May 24, 2011 1:57 PM

    airraid77 says:
    May 24, 2011 11:06 AM

    another bleeding heart liberal, communist, socialist, leading to total govt controlled society story.
    ————————————————–

    1. Crybaby.

    2. Another person trying to mix politics and football on this site. BOring and lame.

    3. Another person who was dumbfounded that he was not lifted into Heaven this past Saturday while people who are *not* fans of the team *he* likes (a.k.a. sinners) were swallowed by the Earth as it imploded.

    4. Waaahhh!

  30. joe6606 says: May 24, 2011 2:02 PM

    “When there’s no income, the company makes cuts to continue solvent.”
    —————————————
    If it were October, and 6 games had been cancelled, then people would agree with you. Or if the teams said “hey, if the lockout causes us to cancel games, then we will reduce your salary.”

    However, last I checked, it is May. And just like every other May since the NFL was founded, there are no football games on the schedule for 4 months.

    So, please, explain to me the source of all this “lost” or “reduced” income. Utter BS. and very, very poor management.

  31. shallowfan says: May 24, 2011 2:28 PM

    @richsaint

    I completely understand your view, however, no team reported they lost money. All made nice profits. I’m not sure about GB making only $5m profit. I’d have to look into that more. My point is the owners and league have been planning this for 2 years and have put millions away for lockout costs…sure the tv contract thing has hurt them, but they still have A LOT of money put away for this. Did they not think about their employees? Yes, that is why they put lockout language in each contract employee allowing them to cut pay if there is a lockout. They knew they were going to “screw” their employees for 2 years now.

    How much money can they really be saving in payroll by making these cuts $1-2 million over the next 5 months, if that? That is nothing for an nfl team. The league has cut everyone’s salary by 12%…come on, they make billions why make the ppl who are grinding away for them suffer?

    The cuts are not because of bad season ticket sales. They are posturing and to make a point, nothing more. Why wouldn’t teams who struggle to sell tix every year layoff ppl every year, or cut salaries? The bulk of revenue that teams make come from TV and luxury seats (boxes, club). If the bulk of premium seats sell out owners lose hardly anything if the $70 tix don’t sell. They make millions from TV, even if the game is blacked out.

    While I understand your point and agree with some of it I just wanted to point out the nfl is not at the point they should be cutting anyone’s salary and it is wrong.

  32. jutts says: May 24, 2011 2:38 PM

    . Freakin Monopoly. Tell me how 32 Owners can stick it to everyone and apperently, anyone.

  33. Deb says: May 24, 2011 2:42 PM

    @sdboltaction …

    Political motivation? Dan’s position is appointed, not elected so he has no voting public to appease. And I can assure you he has no ambitions to run for public office at age 79. He’s long been involved in the delicate negotiations to bring peace to the North of Ireland; that’s why he was appointed Ambassador to Ireland.

    Besides, Art II–not Dan–has been running day-to-day operations of the Steelers for many years now. And he’s running the team according to the same principles followed by his grandfather since the team was founded in 1933. The Steelers have always been a people-friendly organization, though the Rooneys aren’t known as big spenders. Some players have said through the years they’d rather stay with the organization and be treated well than go elsewhere and be paid more.

    Dan was instrumental in negotiating the previous CBA, which was so generous to the players. So the Rooneys aren’t scrambling to hoard all the revenues to themselves.

  34. nflfan101 says: May 24, 2011 2:47 PM

    Your post title and story are totally misleading.

    Title: “The list of teams cutting pay during the lockout”

    Story: List 19 teams that “are cutting employees’ salaries and which ones have vowed not to do so.”

    The Problem: The 19 teams are all mixed together so that it looks like 19 teams have cut pay of non-players. This is simply not true.

    You should have listed the teams that were cutting pay separately from the teams that were not cutting pay. I realize that that would not serve your purpose of trying to make the owners look bad, but it would be honest.

  35. oldbyrd says: May 24, 2011 2:49 PM

    So the Union goes away and people get paid again? Makes sense to me. This is what happens all the time when ever Unions are concerned. They disrupt and the effect is a rippel down. The are a useless pain in the A–. This is why they have lost 20% in the last five years. You want the owners to pay people that have a lot less or nothing to do? I agree its horrible but, so are they Commie Unions.

  36. klunge says: May 24, 2011 3:16 PM

    joe6606 says:
    May 24, 2011 2:02 PM
    “When there’s no income, the company makes cuts to continue solvent.”
    —————————————
    If it were October, and 6 games had been cancelled, then people would agree with you. Or if the teams said “hey, if the lockout causes us to cancel games, then we will reduce your salary.”

    However, last I checked, it is May. And just like every other May since the NFL was founded, there are no football games on the schedule for 4 months.

    So, please, explain to me the source of all this “lost” or “reduced” income. Utter BS. and very, very poor management.
    ————————————————–

    Let’s see…no games for another 4 months. No progress of any kind towards a CBA. Slow-moving court cases that could take forever to get heard then appeal. Meaning no income and no immediate prospect of income. At first I got a sense you were arguing with me, but your statements seem to be agreeable so thanks for that. It can be hard to judge “tone” reading on the web.

    Except that part about a “source” of lost income. Non-existent income, by it’s very nature, has no source.

  37. bdickey33 says: May 24, 2011 3:42 PM

    Re: shallowfan

    So for the dolphins the guy making $50k a year loses up to $5k (10%). I guess the owners of the dolphins need that $5k more than the guy trying to feed his family…it’s a sad day when someone who has riches beyond belief can take someone’s pay who is just trying to provide for his/her family.
    ————————————————-

    Um, they have the option of looking for employment elsewhere? This doesn’t make sense. I had the same thing happen to me with the company I used to work for. They cut some of the staff’s pay 20% and gave us Friday during a slow time. I found a different job.

  38. rcali says: May 24, 2011 3:51 PM

    The New York Jokes, how pathetic. Hope Woody’s family can qualify for foodstamps.

  39. rcali says: May 24, 2011 3:53 PM

    Does this mean that all of Woody’s family members and buddies working for the team doing nothing get a pay cut as well?

    “Can’t Wait” to see these books opened.

  40. justanotherdummy says: May 24, 2011 4:55 PM

    I am happy to see the Eagles have kept everybody on the payroll and not allowed the “labor unrest” to flow completely downhill. Good job Mr. Lurie.

  41. melonnhead says: May 25, 2011 1:54 AM

    PFT reported in March that Rooney is the poorest of league owners yet the Steelers aren’t cutting salaries.

    —————————————————————————————————–

    Not coach’s salaries, anyway. Jerry Jones is the only owner that has promised no layoffs and no pay reductions as far as I can tell.

    “Each team has its own approach. Each team has its own need for its off-the-field employees that includes their coaching staff. We, for all practical purposes, are year-round for 99 percent of the employees that we have.”

  42. wtfru2 says: May 26, 2011 10:29 AM

    How about the Vikings? What are they chopped liver?

    By tht way, that’s a rhetorical question.

  43. moochzilla says: May 26, 2011 1:26 PM

    They also gouged NFL Films early in the game

  44. schemefactory says: May 26, 2011 1:48 PM

    oh did you see this? business owners YES BUSINESS OWNERS, and politicians side with the players: http://m.espn.go.com/nfl/story?w=1ao2i&storyId=6585253&i=FBand the coaches side with the players, perhaps because they know how much of the pie they deserve?: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=6589809

  45. trigdaddy says: May 28, 2011 12:20 PM

    bdickey33

    Um. One million people gave in applications to McDonalds for only 50,000 positions. People are pretty desperate for jobs. You just don’t quit your job and get hired somewhere else immediately these days.

  46. bonniebengal says: Jun 4, 2011 3:44 AM

    Wow, the Bengals are not cutting pay. Mike Brown is always getting the “cheap” label but he’s standing by his employees. That’s a plus for him.

  47. dikshuttle says: Jun 7, 2011 12:49 PM

    And just because no one ever says this:

    Kudos to Dan Snyder for keeping his employees on their regular salaries.

    I know. Weird, right?

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