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Bucs sending employees home without pay next week

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The process of cutting costs by taking money out of the pockets of folks caught in the crossfire of the lockout continues.

The latest team to join the belt-tightening trend is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Next week, the offices will be shut down, with the employees being asked to stay home without pay.

The team announced the move this morning on its website.

The offices also will close during the week of Labor Day, if the lockout is not resolved by then.  If no games are missed, the employees will be paid for their week-of-Memorial-Day hiatus.

“The Buccaneers remain hopeful that the 2011 season will be played without interruption; presuming this occurs, the plan will essentially provide the team’s entire staff with an extra week of paid vacation,” team spokesman Jonathan Grella said.  “And more importantly, this plan preserves jobs and does not ask employees to work for less or no pay.”

That’s a fair point.  But, still, with all the money that the Bucs were able to pocket last year thanks to the absence of a salary floor and a player payroll considerably south of where that floor would have been (not to mention years of carrying over cap room that was never used), they easily could have decided to push some of that cash forward to cover the salary expenses of the men and women who have done nothing to cause this mess.

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32 Responses to “Bucs sending employees home without pay next week”
  1. chapnastier says: May 26, 2011 9:20 AM

    And still no negotiating being done right now. Nice shot at the business there at the end though. I always love it when someone who has never run a business (a blog doesn’t count) has the audacity to make claims about how businesses should spend their money.

  2. harbor6261 says: May 26, 2011 9:33 AM

    “That’s a fair point. But, still, with all the money that the Bucs were able to pocket last year thanks to the absence of a salary floor and a player payroll considerably south of where that floor would have been (not to mention years of carrying over cap room that was never used), they easily could have decided to push some of that cash forward to cover the salary expenses of the men and women who have done nothing to cause this mess.”

    Amazing. This is EXACTLY what Panthers owner Jerry Richardson did and and has been criticized up and down and back and forth for a year now. But guess what – Panthers are not cutting anyones pay..

    Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t.

  3. moochzilla says: May 26, 2011 9:35 AM

    “But, still, with all the money that the Bucs were able to pocket last year thanks to the absence of a salary floor and a player payroll considerably south of where that floor would have been (not to mention years of carrying over cap room that was never used), they easily could have decided to push some of that cash forward to cover the salary expenses of the men and women who have done nothing to cause this mess.”

    The NFL owners should not be expected to act like real businessmen. That’s the one thing we’ve learned from this lockout.

    But, when you have printed money like they have given the nature of the NFL and its revenues, I guess you tend to get sloppy.

    Oh, wait, I forgot…they’re all going bankrupt. Yeah, right.

  4. alexxxv says: May 26, 2011 9:36 AM

    Still, the “fans” blame the players for this mess. Also it is known that the Glazers are using NFL money to “fix” the financial bankrupcy of the Manchester United.
    Wake-up America! Yes, the players are responsible because no CBA and lack of negotiations, good faith negotiations. But the owners are responsible for this sh*t! Why the employees are to suffer? They dont earn millions! Why you, the “american fan”, the “average fan” support the owners? Really I dont get it…

  5. malthor says: May 26, 2011 9:37 AM

    I am amazed how many people think the purpose of business is to hire people and pay them.

    The purpose of business, even each individual team, is to make money.

    Paying people to not work, or to do work that is not at all productive is not how money is made.

    That is bad for the employee, bad for the employer and bad for society.

    This is a tough situation without any easy answers but that last paragraph reads like something my daughter, who has always rebelled against economics, would write.

    Until we find unlimited resources the great “law of scarcity” will rule the day, we cant give everyone everything. Economics is the best system we’ve ever found to allocate resources, people need to let it work.

  6. seneca1ss says: May 26, 2011 9:42 AM

    The Glazer Family has been the cheapest owner’s for 8yrs in a row while sinking all their $ into Kickball’s Manchester United (Hey Roger Goodell! Conflict of interest?????)

    but the no the idiot Commish, Roger Goodell , rewards the Bucs with games in England (screwing the local fans)

    bye bye Roger (you are done)

  7. saints25 says: May 26, 2011 10:01 AM

    Im hope the NFLPA will take care of the team employees since this lockout isn’t there fault!!! Bet they had no idea this was going to happen.. Come on NFLPA let’s do some more finger pointing, an name calling. Because up to this point you’ve done nothing but coat people ther JOBS!! When you de-certified the union!! Thanks

  8. wannabeqb says: May 26, 2011 10:17 AM

    This is why I cannot support the owners. There is no reason to fire employees right now, the league has not shut down yet.

  9. moochzilla says: May 26, 2011 10:18 AM

    saints25, like a pavlovian dog, takes the bait.

    Well done! Well done!

  10. dolphinsrule65 says: May 26, 2011 10:20 AM

    seneca1ss says:
    “but the no the idiot Commish, Roger Goodell , rewards the Bucs with games in England (screwing the local fans)” DUDE, NO IDEA WERE YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION FROM, BUT THE GLAZERS REQUESTED THE GAME AGAIN IN LONDON, SO IF ANYONE IS TO BLAME IT IS THE OWNER AND HIS KIDS!!! part of the reasoning behind it was because they cannot sell out and it would be one less game to worry about. Get some facts first before you start blaming the commish, he has nothing to do with scheduling…..Maybe if more of you so called fans actually showed up, this would not be a problem. Horrible fan base, i know i LIVE in Tampa.

  11. stanklepoot says: May 26, 2011 10:22 AM

    malthor says: May 26, 2011 9:37 AM

    I am amazed how many people think the purpose of business is to hire people and pay them.

    The purpose of business, even each individual team, is to make money.

    Paying people to not work, or to do work that is not at all productive is not how money is made.

    That is bad for the employee, bad for the employer and bad for society.

    This is a tough situation without any easy answers but that last paragraph reads like something my daughter, who has always rebelled against economics, would write.

    Until we find unlimited resources the great “law of scarcity” will rule the day, we cant give everyone everything. Economics is the best system we’ve ever found to allocate resources, people need to let it work.
    _________________________
    Alright, enough is enough. Speaking as someone who actually has a degree in Economics, let me begin by clearing up a huge mistake. Economics is not a system. Not even close. Economics is an intellectual field that studies various market systems and attempts to determine their characteristics and the manner in which those systems allocate resources. Economists use this knowledge in an effort to predict how various decisions and external shocks will effect the economy.

    I believe you meant to say that Capitalism is the best system we’ve found so far. That would be a correct statement. Capitalism, by far, allows for the most efficient allocation of resources. You’re leaving out one major point when relating it to this discussion, however. For capitalism to be effectively utilized, there must be free markets, with competitors able to enter or leave the market with relative ease. That is not the case with the NFL. There are significant barriers to entry in this case. If you accept the government’s assertion that the NFL consists of 32 teams, then those teams have formed a cartel. If you view the NFL as a single entity, then it’s a monopoly. It really doesn’t matter, however, since economists frown on both. Why? It’s not because they have anything against people making money. It’s because these structures are economic anomalies that interfere with the search for the holy economic grail…efficient resource allocation. Both Cartels and Monopolies generate negative externalities (in plainer words, they force non-decision makers to pay part of the cost of decisions they have no say in). One example of a negative externality is pollution, if the polluter isn’t made to pay the price of the clean up. Since others are bearing part of the real cost of production, the business’ internal decision on how much to produce will not reflect the real cost of production, and resources will be used inefficiently. So, while capitalism in general leads to a more efficient use of resources, it’s not the argument you want to make when defending the NFL, since the NFL represents an economic anomaly that leads to an inefficient allocation of resources. Thus endeth the Econ lesson.

  12. sterling7 says: May 26, 2011 10:24 AM

    Strange how people can’t find work because of the ongoing economic recession, but only the NFL is causing the loss of work and pay because it can’t figure out how to divide 9 billion dollars?

  13. supashug says: May 26, 2011 10:24 AM

    hows Bisciotti look now, at least they all still have jobs

  14. whatevnfl says: May 26, 2011 10:27 AM

    “And more importantly, this plan preserves jobs and does not ask employees to work for less or no pay.”

    How does making employees lose a week’s pay check translate into not asking employees to work for less pay??

  15. bluefan204 says: May 26, 2011 10:32 AM

    Why should the team continue to pay people for NOT working? There might be more money if they had a fanbase that actually showed up to the games once in a while.

  16. stanklepoot says: May 26, 2011 10:41 AM

    whatevnfl says: May 26, 2011 10:27 AM

    “And more importantly, this plan preserves jobs and does not ask employees to work for less or no pay.”

    How does making employees lose a week’s pay check translate into not asking employees to work for less pay??
    ________________________
    Because some teams, like the Dolphins, are making employees work the same hours but are cutting their pay by as much as 20%. Bucs employees are not getting paid for that week, but aren’t required to work either.

  17. larryed says: May 26, 2011 10:53 AM

    Glazer Family = cheap bastards…..nuff said! what can you expect from Palm Beach billionaires?

  18. malthor says: May 26, 2011 10:58 AM

    stanklepoot this is not the place for that debate, and i have no respect at all for economics degrees. I am a student of the lost science of Praxeology and am interested in financial constructs from it.

    I see your precious capitalism as the same ginned up game as the soviet communists, and i am not impressed by the “sophistication” of the modern system of ‘chits and deciet’.

    Capitalism is a waste, a failed system which has at it’s basis “monitary policy”, you seem to align with the chicago school, is that correct? if so you would very much be in favor of this.

    I was not attempting to give an econ lesson, i could probably have a fun debate, i was making the point that “paying people not to work” is never moral.

    A point you did not adequately refute, though you used a lot of words………..

    End the fed, sound currency, stable business laws and the end of Macro economic management is what i call for. I am certain you completely oppose but feel free to email me, maybe i can wake you up.

  19. vetdana says: May 26, 2011 11:08 AM

    There might be more money if they had a fanbase that actually showed up to the games once in a while.

    If this charade of GREED continues into the regular season and beyond……you can bet…when they eventually do return….? there will be a whole lot LESS of a fan base attending games… League wide !! Greed is very destructive !!

  20. spankymcwanky says: May 26, 2011 11:11 AM

    BOOOOOOOOOO to people losing money!

  21. mightygiants says: May 26, 2011 11:39 AM

    I hope the District Court Judges will consider the hardship the owner’s lockout is causing to so many people and act accordingly. I hope that’s the case, but it seems highly unlikely the pro-business judges will care what’s happening to the working men and women.

  22. kingfamousamos says: May 26, 2011 11:59 AM

    All nfl fans
    boycott the nfl do not buy any of they gear and every Sunday until a deal is done go to the nearest team headquarters or if the nfl headquarters is near you so the nfl and the owner can here our voice that we are not happy about missing the off season and we are not happy about missing games or a hole season. We and the players is what make the nfl what it is today so do not allow them to take it from us. the more people that supports this the harder the nfl will work on a new deal.

    LETS BRING ARE GAME BACK

  23. supashug says: May 26, 2011 12:12 PM

    hey King, if you are making shirts use

    LETS BRING OUR GAME BACK

  24. Deb says: May 26, 2011 12:25 PM

    @malthor …

    Those of us who support the players do not think the purpose of business is to hire people and pay them. We’re well aware that the purpose of business is to make money. But since you’re so knowledgeable about these things, I assume you must know companies that lay off workers during economic downturns actually perform worse financially over the long run than companies that stick by their employees. And companies that focus on treating employees well in good times and bad have higher productivity levels–and higher revenues–than companies that treat workers as disposable assets.

    It is possible, as the corporate saying goes, to do good by doing good, malthor. It just takes a little more effort, a little more creative thinking, and of course, the will to be good guys. I’m afraid that’s a will the Glazers don’t have. The sad thing is that so many of the people posting here are determined to lick the paws of the dogs that bite them.

  25. oldbyrd says: May 26, 2011 12:31 PM

    Want the truth? Unions……….people loose jobs, businesses move away, all suffer. Business profits suffer so People get laid off. Time after time after time after time.

  26. moochzilla says: May 26, 2011 12:40 PM

    Deb – he thinks every business operates like the overnight shift at Wal-Mart, easily replaceable skill-less labor that comes and goes.

    And you will never be able to explain that to him.

    I am daily lectured by blue-collar clock-punchers on what the business world realities are, despite being a business owner myself.

  27. moochzilla says: May 26, 2011 12:42 PM

    “Capitalism is a waste, a failed system which has at it’s basis “monitary policy”, you seem to align with the chicago school, is that correct? if so you would very much be in favor of this.”

    Don’t talk about capitalism and the NFL. It is rife with protectionist, socialist measures that protect C- businessmen.

    Stop it. If we had capitalism we’d have NFL turn into MLB, a state of affairs you small-market teams could never stomach.

  28. moochzilla says: May 26, 2011 1:16 PM

    What is “monitary policy”?

  29. skinsrock says: May 26, 2011 1:26 PM

    The Redskins did lay offs last week… I just don’t think it makes any sense. My wife was a casualty & I won’t say her position (full time, not game day) but if you know anything about the NFL… You need all your employees in place before the preseason & If they get a deal in place July 1… There is so much work that has to be done in order to get your game day staff set & ready to go. The first few games, I would bet the service & organization will be problematic.

  30. bluefan204 says: May 26, 2011 1:41 PM

    moochzilla says: May 26, 2011 12:42 PM

    Stop it. If we had capitalism we’d have NFL turn into MLB, a state of affairs you small-market teams could never stomach.

    Spot on. Take away revenue sharing and the NFL becomes the joke that MLB has been for several years now. Small market teams, like the Bucs and Panthers, for example, would never survive.

  31. schmitty2 says: May 26, 2011 3:54 PM

    Was that picture taken during a game?

  32. manchester99 says: May 27, 2011 2:32 PM

    I’d like to respond to the posts from alexxxv and senecalss.

    Your comments about the Glazers and Manchester United are way off base. It’s a shame because if you took the trouble to understand the goings on over in Manchester you would learn that in the United fans you would find kindred spirits. I would go as far to say that the United fans hate the Glazers more that the Bucs fans do. The fact that on one occasion the Glazers were forced to leave the stadium in the back of police vans for their protection underlines this. The Glazers took the most financially successful team on the planet and saddled them with millions of pounds/dollars worth of debt. They have not sunk a penny of their own money into the team, nor have they diverted funds from the Bucs to help run United. Despite the huge debt, United still continue to generate huge sums through attendances, T.V. rights and merchandising revenue. The money that previously was used to strengthen the team and basically just sit in the bank (yes, pre-Glazer they were cash rich) is now primarily used to pay interest on the debts the Glazers saddled them with and to pay the Glazers dividends. If anything, it is money from United that is being diverted to the Bucs. You will not hear any complaints from Manchester if the Glazers sold up, went back to the U.S.A. and concentrated on the Bucs.

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