Perhaps no one has had his salary cut as much as Roger Goodell. The Commissioner, who reportedly earns $10 million per year, will instead earn $1 during the lockout. NFL chief negotiator Jeff Pash has also had his salary slashed to a single Georgie.
While representing real loss of income for those men, the moves are mostly symbolic, public relations maneuvers that the two volunteered. For the rest of the NFL's employees -- those who are still working -- paycuts are becoming as common as torn ACLs and concussions.
The Buffalo Bills joined the list of teams that have publicly confirmed to some form of austerity towards their employees.
“We have built a program that focuses on shared sacrifice,” Bills COO Russ Brandon said in the e-mailed statement. “Every employee in the organization will be affected. As you move up the organization chart the sacrifice increases in absolute and percentage terms, as it should.”
Unlike the players, who won’t receive pay checks until the season starts (or, to be more specific, won’t start missing pay checks until the season doesn’t start), most of the rest of a team’s employees including coaches and management are paid throughout the year. Some players are due to receive roster bonuses, but that money will likely be paid once the CBA is resolved.
Here is a list of teams that have already implemented cost-cutting procedures for their staffs since the lockout began:
New York Jets – furloughs
Buffalo Bills – pay cuts
Kansas City Chiefs – pay cuts
San Diego Chargers – pay cuts
Green Bay Packers – pay cuts