AP source: Pay cut for Dolphins employees

BY foxsports • May 11, 2011

The Miami Dolphins have cut employee pay because of the NFL lockout, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

Salaries will be cut 10 to 20 percent effectively immediately for all support staff, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins have not publicly announced the cuts. The person said the percentage is higher for higher-paid employees.

The Dolphins declined to confirm the reductions, which were first reported by The Miami Herald. It was unclear whether the coaching staff or general manager Jeff Ireland would be affected.

Dolphins employees were informed of the reductions by CEO Mike Dee at a meeting Tuesday, and told they'll return to full pay when the lockout ends. Dee blamed lagging ticket sales resulting from the lockout, the person told the AP.

Other teams began instituting furloughs and pay cuts in March. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell slashed his salary to $1, and all league personnel at New York headquarters took a 12-percent cut.

Shortly before the lockout began, team owner Stephen Ross didn't discount the possibility of pay cuts.

''Right now, we're looking at it as business as usual,'' Ross said in Feburary. ''Hopefully we'll not be in a position where we have to do that.''

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