An NFL lockout won't just punish those of us who like to watch football on Sundays. Is anyone thinking of the coaches? The general managers? The Kansas City Star reported today that a lockout will mean pay cuts for everyone from Chiefs coach Todd Haley to general manager Scott Pioli.
A work stoppage means pay cuts for everyone. The good news for Chiefs employees: There won't be layoffs or furloughs, and they'll get to keep their benefits. That is, if they survived the first round of layoffs that came after the season. (Yay! We won the AFC West and made the playoffs. Pink slip? Wha?) Am I wrong that these layoffs were awfully quiet? Did anyone hear about them?
But Chiefs employees could lose a large chunk of change:
If a lockout is averted and the season goes on as it normally would,
"The plan contemplates any and all scenarios, the source said. Even in the worst-case scenario, the average reduction for all employees would be less than 10 percent. The salaries of top executives, vice presidents and assistant coaches would be reduced by less than 20 percent, on average."
then employees would be reimbursed for the lost salary as if nothing ever happened. Then we can all kick back a few beers and scarf down some wings and wait for the inevitable letdown.