Posted: 9:00 am Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
By Post Staff
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said on March that the team hoped to conduct “business as usual” during the NFL lockout, and hoped he wouldn’t have to institute any pay cuts or layoffs during the work stoppage.
But with the lockout now two months old and 2011 season ticket sales lagging behind pace, the Dolphins told team employees yesterday that the team will institute a pay cut for all full-time employees and some contractual employees, multiple team sources confirmed to the Post.
The Dolphins are hardly alone in cutting back on employee salaries. At least 11 other teams have publicly admitted to instituting some sort of cuts with its employees – Cardinals, Jets, Bills, Packers, Chargers, 49ers, Raiders, Chiefs, Steelers, Bengals and Rams – and the league office in New York City, as well, announced 12 percent pay cuts for all employees last month.
Ten teams have stated that they won’t be instituting cuts, but several made those pronouncements back in March and may have changed their mind, as the Dolphins did. Only the Colts, Bears and Giants have said definitively that they won’t be instituting pay cuts. And 10 other teams have not stated anything about the issue.
It is unclear if the Dolphins’ football employees – coaches, scouts and front office employees – were also affected by the cuts. Per the coaches’ contracts, general manager Jeff Ireland has the ability to cut their salaries during a lockout, and can do it on a case-by-case basis, allowing him to potentially give coaches with young families more of a break.
According to the Miami Herald, which first reported the story, any Dolphins employee making more than $75,000 will face a 20 percent pay cut; those making below $75,000 face a 15 percent pay cut; and anyone making less than $50,000 gets a 10 percent pay cut. Full salaries will return when the lockout ends, but employees likely will not make back lost wages.
Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said the team would not comment on the pay cuts, citing its status as a private business.