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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks with the media after a final negotiating session between owners and players broke down on Friday afternoon. Goodell said Saturday will slash his salary to just $1. ((J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) )

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and league general counsel Jeff Pash are slashing their salaries to $1 US each during the lockout.

Goodell and Pash promised in January they would take salary cuts if there was a work stoppage. Goodell earns about $10 million a year, including bonuses, and Pash nearly $5 million.

Reactions to dark day for NFL

Owners, players, NFL executives, it didn't matter who you asked: Saturday was a dark day for pro football.

"While disappointed by (the NFLPA's) action to decertify, I remain confident that an agreement will be reached and that the 2011 season will be played. For the sake of all involved, the owners, the players and most importantly, the fans, I hope we return to the negotiating table very soon."

— Patriots owner Robert Kraft

"Some aspects of this offseason may look different, but our commitment to winning remains the same. We need to build off the success we had in 2010. We will do our best to create opportunities for Bears fans to ask questions and keep them informed of what is happening with their team and the labor discussions."

—Bears president Ted Phillips

"Some unions would not have made such a bold move because they are about the `union' and not its workers. I still think that a compromise will be reached. This is just the nature of the situation, and that's why they call it `business."'

—Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington

"As I watched that [earthquake and tsunami in Japan] catastrophe unfolding it certainly put in perspective how insignificant the NFL Players Association dispute is compared to a tremendous tragedy like that."

—Clark Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs

—The Associated Press

 

Goodell also has asked the league's compensation committee to delay any bonus payments to him until there is a deal with the players' union.

Also taking cuts will be all league personnel at the New York headquarters, NFL Films in Mount Laurel, N.J., and at NFL Network and NFL.com in Culver City, Calif. For now, salaries for those league employees will be reduced by 12 per cent, an amount equal to two weeks' pay.

If the work stoppage continues into August, salary reductions for management-level employees will range from 25 per cent for executive vice-presidents to 20 per cent for senior vice-presidents and 15 per cent for vice-presidents. Directors will take a 10 per cent cut and managers will be reduced by five per cent.

In 2009, Goodell took a 20 per cent pay cut and the league staff was trimmed by 15 per cent.

Several teams have instituted furloughs and pay cuts because of the lockout, which began Saturday morning after the players' union decertified and the owners locked them out.

The Kansas City Chiefs have a plan to reduce salaries by less than 10 per cent during a prolonged labour stoppage while letting all personnel keep their jobs. Those making the most money, including general manager Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley, are taking the biggest hit, but no employees will be laid off or furloughed.

If there is a full 2011 season, employees would be reimbursed for money lost.

The New York Jets have said business-side employees were asked to take one week's unpaid furlough every month during a work stoppage. They also will make reimbursements should the entire 2011 season be played.

"While we have every reason to believe that the season will go on as planned, it makes sense to adjust our policies to reflect that uncertainty around exactly when an agreement will be reached," Jets executive vice-present of business operations Matt Higgins said.