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Mark Murphy: Packers will base pay cuts on when they lose revenue

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The Green Bay Packers have not begun cutting the pay of their employees. When, or whether, they will depends on when, or whether, the lockout causes the team to lose money.

Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that those decisions will be made when the team knows if it’s going to lose ticket or television revenue from lost games.

It’s based on when we’re going to start missing revenue,” Murphy said.

Murphy said the lockout has had a small effect on sponsorships, but no significant impact on the team’s bottom line.

“That’s why we have not started withholding yet,” Murphy said.

The Packers’ approach is the right one: If the lockout lasts so long that regular-season games are lost, then it’s understandable that teams are going to have tough decisions to make about paying their employees. But until teams start losing real money, it’s wrong for them to cut the pay of employees who have nothing to do with the ongoing labor mess.

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35 Responses to “Mark Murphy: Packers will base pay cuts on when they lose revenue”
  1. vahawker says: May 28, 2011 7:30 PM

    smart

  2. toiletking says: May 28, 2011 7:38 PM

    When are they going to start cutting your staff, pft? Lord knows there is nothing for you guys to write about until this is resolved.

  3. skoobyfl says: May 28, 2011 7:43 PM

    I’m going to switch favorite sports soon if this drags out much longer & if the season isn’t played, I’m gone for good.

  4. orangeflh says: May 28, 2011 7:46 PM

    Once again, proud of the entire Green Bay Packers organization.

  5. JNB says: May 28, 2011 7:48 PM

    Does anyone know if this is the same Mark Murphy who played safety for the Packers during the ’80′s? I had his football card, but I thought he was bald…. maybe it’s just a coincidence.

  6. clayjustsackedyou says: May 28, 2011 7:50 PM

    Superbowl Champions

  7. bjamesa says: May 28, 2011 7:50 PM

    Just another example of the class of the Packer organization. It starts at the top. Can’t wait to see those rings on the 16th…

  8. willycents says: May 28, 2011 7:51 PM

    “But until teams start losing real money, it’s wrong for them to cut the pay of employees ”

    Two sides to this argument.
    1. Wait until you lose money to cut expenses, possibly radically, read: layoffs immediately

    2. Cut expenses based upon decreased projected revenue levels, read: cut pay/benefits but maintain employee levels for perhaps a longer term.

    Either paradigm is viable in this current labor impasse,
    What will PFT’s opinion of the Packers be if they lay off 90% of the employees on Sept 1 and the teams that cut pay and benefits, but continue to keep all employees on the job for say six months after that, howbeit at a lower wage?

  9. denverhighrize says: May 28, 2011 7:51 PM

    Or they could cut into the Brett Favre memorial fund.

  10. tubal22 says: May 28, 2011 7:51 PM

    Did Rosenthal get his drivers license yet? He can deliver pizzas during the down time.

  11. duanethomas says: May 28, 2011 7:55 PM

    Good move. Smart ex. player running a solid organization. Wish there was more like him/them.

  12. goombar2 says: May 28, 2011 7:56 PM

    I love my ACME Packers, but it would be stupid to cut salaries or layoff at anytime. All the NFL teams decided to do this lock out and they fought for the right to lock players out in a court of law. Since they made the decision, they should be on the hook for the salaries, not the taxpayers in unemployment bennies.

    One of the nice things, unlike other NFL franchises, the Pack holds a shareholders meeting so they have to at least stand in front of citizens (owners) and show accountability….

  13. ralphshere says: May 28, 2011 8:16 PM

    Vast difference…between Publically Owned Packers and typical other football clubs, owned by wealthy individuals and their sometimes weak offspring.

    The Packers are acting sanely and prudently, not just slashing as a side-show to their big tent-ring “lock-out drill”.

    A breath of fresh air!

  14. bronco1st says: May 28, 2011 8:18 PM

    The owners want everyone, other than themselves, to pay for their mistakes. That’s the way it always has been, that’s the reason for the lockout now and that’s the reason thy will continue to throw everyone around them under the bus (including the fans) before they’ll cut one dime from reaching their pockets.

  15. commandercornpone says: May 28, 2011 8:26 PM

    king, they have already cut back on pants. skivvies must be next.

  16. arnoldziffel says: May 28, 2011 8:33 PM

    Contrast this approach to the Buffalo Bills …

  17. hail2tharedskins says: May 28, 2011 8:35 PM

    You might want to re-read what Murphy said. He didn’t say he would wait until games are missed or that team had to actually lose money before they start asking employees to cut payroll. He said when and if the Packers see an impact to revenue, unlike other teams he said he has not seen an a significant impact to revenue as ticket sales have still been strong. He goes on to say that if he makes cuts and no games are actually missed they will repay the money. So how did you draw the conclusion that the Packers will not make cuts until actual games are missed??? The Packers, just like every other team is taking the right (business) approach – you start cutting costs when you start to have drops in revenue, you do not wait until actually start losing money. The most important part of running a business is to remain profitable, never is it a good strategy to say I am waiting to become unprofitable to take action.

  18. thevikes85 says: May 28, 2011 8:56 PM

    Hey i hate the packers,its built into you as a Viking fan,but they are a classy organisation nobody can deny that,this is another example of how this is true.i applaud them here.

  19. packers291 says: May 28, 2011 9:23 PM

    ” But until teams start losing real money, it’s wrong for them to cut the pay of employees who have nothing to do with the ongoing labor mess.”

    So you are telling me that employees in the player personnel department, who may have a severe lack of work with no players around, should be payed to sit around and not work?

    There are probably a bunch of employees who have much less work to do as a result of the lockout—when there is no work to do, it is only prudent to cut staff.

  20. santolonius says: May 28, 2011 9:49 PM

    you know the nfl news has slowed to an absolute crawl when we all become experts on when, how, and under what circumstances each nfl team will trim payroll for people we’ve never heard of.

  21. thompgk says: May 28, 2011 10:07 PM

    Cutting pay because of the lockout is a complete doosh move by these guys.

    These owners and shareholders are the reason for the lockout.

    Its not the employees or the economy causing these issues. Natural reasons to cut peoples salary make sense and happen every day. The lockout is not a natural reason for cutting peoples pay.

  22. docmenace says: May 28, 2011 11:01 PM

    @JNB

    No he was a Safety for the Redskins played in 2 SB’s, only played for Washington.

  23. hedleykow says: May 28, 2011 11:10 PM

    Owner conceded that lost revenue will be detrimental.

    The owners are starting to crack.

    LMAO. My comment is no more ridiculous than 99% of the pro-owner comments that show up on this site. Now do you see how dumb you look?

  24. claymath52 says: May 28, 2011 11:54 PM

    Right thing to do. Plus team revenue has to be at an all time high after winning the super bowl. Myself alone have bought: Rodgers Super Bowl Jersey, Packers Super Bowl Champs Hat, Super Bowl t-shirt, Clay Mathews “Rico Suave” t-shirt, SuperBowl magnet to put on my filing cabnet in my downtown Minneapolis office, Rodgers and Mathews Super Bowl bobble heads, Super Bowl Champs blu-ray, Super Bowl x-mas Ornimant, and the wife got the Rodgers doing the BELT t-shirt.

  25. packerbacker12 says: May 29, 2011 12:50 AM

    “Does anyone know if this is the same Mark Murphy who played safety for the Packers during the ’80′s? I had his football card, but I thought he was bald…. maybe it’s just a coincidence.”

    No it isn’t. Although both did play in the NFL, the CEO Mark Murphy played for the Redskins.

  26. orangeflh says: May 29, 2011 1:21 AM

    JNB says:
    May 28, 2011 7:48 PM
    Does anyone know if this is the same Mark Murphy who played safety for the Packers during the ’80′s? I had his football card, but I thought he was bald…. maybe it’s just a coincidence.
    __________________________________

    Not the same, although this Mark Murphy also played pro ball. New England maybe?

  27. stairwayto7 says: May 29, 2011 1:27 AM

    Just wait until the fat,lazy, bratwurst eating people get laid off and see what they say then! Cancer survivors will be applauding! June 16 will be a horrible day! If there is a God there will be a thunderstorn and ring ceremony will be cancelled!

  28. ICDogg says: May 29, 2011 2:16 AM

    Don’t miss the point here…

    If they cut staff, that’s one thing. If they cut hours, that’s also one thing. It’s understandable if they do that.

    But if they continue to have staff working full-time, and cut their pay, that is another thing, and that is what several teams have done.

  29. glen1904 says: May 29, 2011 4:42 AM

    the difference between a publicly run team and all the other teams with a greedy BILLIONAIRE looking for any excuse to fill his pockets!

  30. giantrealist says: May 29, 2011 4:44 AM

    Murphy must have been picked on a lot by other players during his playing career. That’s probably why he is so darn intent on sticking it to the players.

    For years he reaped the benefits of the NFLPA. Now that the rat has found a new hole, he has turned into one of their biggest enemies.

  31. tripg says: May 29, 2011 8:35 AM

    It’s good to know that there are still a few owners without a black heart. Maybe there’s hope…

  32. mick730 says: May 29, 2011 9:20 AM

    I believe Murphy was Washington’s player rep back in the 1980′s. I also believe he was on the executive committee of the NFLPA. After he retired from football, he worked for the NFLPA for five years.

    So, giantrealist, you are incorrect. You are also a union shill.

  33. 1stngoal says: May 29, 2011 11:22 AM

    orangeflh says:
    May 29, 2011 1:21 AM
    JNB says:
    May 28, 2011 7:48 PM
    Does anyone know if this is the same Mark Murphy who played safety for the Packers during the ’80′s? I had his football card, but I thought he was bald…. maybe it’s just a coincidence.
    __________________________________

    Not the same, although this Mark Murphy also played pro ball. New England maybe?
    *********************************************
    Mark Murphy was a safety on Joe Gibbs’ Washington Redskins teams in the 1980′s…

  34. giantrealist says: May 29, 2011 12:02 PM

    Unions are the backbone of this country. There are few things that are more American. So calling me a Union shill is a compliment.

    Thank you.

    Fact is Mickey Mouse 730 actually supported my complaint regarding Murphy the Rat. He represented the NFLPA when HE wanted a fair income. Now that he’s management he’s turned on them.

    What a guy!

  35. 1stngoal says: May 30, 2011 10:38 AM

    giantrealist says:
    May 29, 2011 12:02 PM
    Unions are the backbone of this country. There are few things that are more American. So calling me a Union shill is a compliment.
    *********************************************
    Two points:

    1. Unions are not the “backbone of this country”. That is a myth. Unions only make up about 3% of the work force.

    2.Unions are also not “American”, far from it, unions were the brainchild of one Karl Marx. And I can’t think of anyone more diametrically opposed to American ideals than that.

    You might want to reconsider your username. In order to be a realist it helps to have your facts straight…

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