Mike McCoy is still putting in the hours, but will probably take a paycut soon. (Eric Bakke/Associated Press)

Lockout Impacting More Than Just Owners, Players

It may be a battle between billionaires and millionaires, but there’s no denying that the NFL Lockout is affecting other people’s livelihoods. Let’s put the top team executives and players on the backburner for a moment and consider who else this is impacting.

Aside from said owners and players, the fans are cited as the people that this is impacting most. However, there are other people involved in this that have income, not fandom, at stake.

Yesterday Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe wrote a great article about how the lockout is affecting assistant coaches and player agents. Bedard interviewed Larry Kennan, director of the NFL Coaches Association, and Kennan had this to say about assistant coaches.

“The only thing they’re not doing right now is they don’t have any players to work with, but they’re all working, spending probably as many hours as they would if the players were there. And they’re getting paid less than their contracts called for.’’

Kennan said only seven teams have pledged to their coaching staffs that they will not ask for any pay cuts unless the lockout extends into the season: Seattle, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Oakland, New York Giants, Indianapolis, and Dallas.

The other 25 teams have either already instituted cuts, will do so on June 1, or have the right to do so at some point. The cuts range from 20 to 50 percent.

“Four teams are at 50 percent, there are a couple that are 30 or 35, but generally it’s 20 or 25 percent,’’ Kennan said. “That’s significant. You’re used to living on that. To take half your pay away, that isn’t comfortable.’’ – Greg Bedard (Boston Globe)

I would highly suggest reading this rest of this article since it appears that the lockout is going to extend to July.

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