NFL making lockout plans: report
The NFL apparently isn't waiting for a work stoppage to get its house in order.
The league has already sent out a plan for its employees in case there is a lockout next year, according to Fox Sports.
The Sunday report, which the NFL wouldn't confirm, includes unpaid leave of absences and reduced salaries — a move contingent on how many games that could be missed in 2011.
"Our employees are aware both of the strident comments coming from the NFLPA leadership for more than a year and the union's current actions to position itself to decertify and go out of business," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The Associated Press in an email.
NFLPA spokesman George Atallah was quick to point out that the owners were the ones who opted out of the collective bargaining agreement two years ago.
The agreement expires in March and little progress has been made in negotiations.
"It's a shame that the NFL would put even more jobs at stake," Atallah said of league employees other than the players. "Neither the players, nor the employees that would be affected by this across the country, asked for this."
With files from The Associated Press