The end of the lockout was especially good news for NFL employees who had seen their pay slashed by 12 percent during the work stoppage. All paycuts have ended, and employees will be reimbursed for all lost wages, according to two people with knowledge of the NFL's salary situation.
That includes NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and league general counsel Jeff Pash, both of whom voluntarily had their salaries slashed to $1 a year until the lockout ended. Goodell makes $10 million a year, while Pash makes $5 million.
The lockout ended July 25, after the league and the NFL Players Association reached agreement on all financial elements of a 10-year collective bargaining agreement. The players approved the deal last Friday after a handful of lingering issues were resolved.
Had the lockout last into August, salary reductions for management-level NFL employees would have ranged from 25 percent for executive vice presidents to 20 percent for senior vice presidents.
Seven teams instituted paycuts and/or furloughs, but all the teams rescinded the cuts retroactively once the lockout ended.