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SBD/March 14, 2011/Franchises
NFL Lockout Watch, Day 3: Teams' Approaches To Layoffs, Furloughs Vary
Published March 14, 2011
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Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson "has taken an active role re-assuring his employees they will be fine" during the NFL's lockout, according to Darin Gantt of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Multiple Panthers employees said that
JETS: In N.Y., Manish Mehta noted the Jets' "lockout contingency plan that includes furloughs for 96 business employees and a 25% pay cut for football operations staff," including coach Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum, "began with the start of the lockout" Saturday. Jets Senior Dir of Media Relations Bruce Speight said, "Our plans are in effect. This is a fluid situation. We will obviously be evaluating our approach as events unfold." Meanwhile, the lockout "may affect the Jets' training camp agreement with SUNY Cortland." The team "has two years remaining on its three-year contract with the university." The team said that if there is "no training camp in
PACKERS: The Packers Saturday said that "they’ve frozen salaries and hiring, and have provisions for sizeable salary cuts at higher levels of the organization, though those have not yet been initiated." Packers VP/Administration & General Counsel Jason Wied said those receiving "fairly sizeable" cuts would include President & CEO Mark Murphy and GM Ted Thompson. Wied: "We wanted to end up with a system where we did not lay off employees. That said, it does require sacrifices on the part of the organization" (
LIONS: Lions President Tom Lewand on Saturday said that the team "does not plan any immediate furloughs, layoffs or paycuts because of the NFL lockout." Lewand "did not express concern when asked how the lockout would impact business for next season." He said that season-ticket deposits, both renewals and new sales, "are up over this time last year." Lewand: "We’ve got a good relationship with our season-ticket holder base. We sent them a letter ... that will go out electronically to them today, go out also by U.S. Mail. We’ll be communicating through our websites and through email blasts with them. I think it’s important to maintain direct communication with them" (
THE SHOW MUST GO ON: 49ers President & CEO Jed York posted a letter to fans on the team's website stating in part, "As in recent years, we will be inviting you to participate in the draft weekend excitement with our annual Draft Contest and Draft Day Party. ... In fact, to every extent possible, we will be operating with a business-as-usual attitude. So, this summer, keep an eye out for announcements inviting you to our annual Family Day and State of the Franchise, as well as additional Fan Forums" (THE DAILY). Bears President & CEO Ted Phillips also sent out a statement Saturday, saying in part, "We still plan to host fan events this offseason starting with our 'Ultimate Weekend,' which includes our Draft Party and Bears Expo at Soldier Field" (