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NFL Media Asks On-Air Talent To Take Pay Cuts Through January

NFL Media is the latest outlet to ask its on-air talent to take temporary salary reductions, for six months, from early August through January. The request to take voluntary pay cuts of up to 15% was made to around 50 people via a conference call yesterday afternoon. It was two-and-a-half months ago, on April 29, that NFL employees took mandatory salary reductions, with a portion of its employee base subjected to furloughs due to the pandemic. NFL Media VP/Communications Alex Riethmiller wrote in an email: "The sports media industry hasn't been immune to the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and in light of that we have asked approximately 50 NFL Media talent to join their colleagues across the league and take a temporary salary reduction." In April, ESPN and Fox Sports asked its commentators to take voluntary 15% pay cuts over the ensuing three months at least. Almost all of them agreed to the cuts. In May, all of NBC’s on-air sports talent agreed to voluntary pay cuts in the 5-10% range. Those cuts also were described as temporary; all NBC on-air personalities agreed to them.

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