In a blow to the NFL’s middle class, the Miami Herald reports some bad news for the day-to-day Dolphins employees – namely, substantial pay cuts.
During a Tuesday afternoon organization meeting, team executives blamed the lockout for the need to cut the salaries of those making $75,000 by 20 percent, those making between $50,000 and $74,999 by 15 percent, and those making less than $50,000 by 10 percent.
Apparently, the employees’ salaries will return to normal levels when the lockout ends, but there’s a big question on whether the Dolphins will return lost wages to the employees.
Reached by the paper, team spokesman Harvey Greene said, “We’re a private company. We don’t comment publicly about our internal practices.”
More from the Herald:
During the meeting, the team blamed lagging season ticket sales – basing those struggles on the lockout rather than 2010’s dismal team performance – for the need to slash salaries, according to sources.
In the wake of the news, blame is being tossed around internally among employees, causing a clear decrease in employee morale, sources said.
Yes, I would imagine so. And it’s yet another reason to hope for a speedy end to what has been a pretty disastrous lockout, because this decision is pretty shameful.
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