When the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on March 3, it is expected that the owners are going to lock out the players, keeping them from signing new contracts or training at team facilities. According to the Sports Business Journal, there will be repercussions for non-players, as well.
The publication reports that the Jets will begin to furlough employees next week if the lockout does take place. Based on an interview with the team's executive vice president of business operations, Matt Higgins, employees will be told they must take a one-week, unpaid absence every month until a new CBA is signed. The Jets have roughly 158 employees, 96 on the business side and the remainder on the football side, the Journal reports.
"Our plan is predicated on shared sacrifice," Higgins said. "Our goal is to emerge with the staff intact, and this is the way to do that."
Other teams have been trimming costs in other ways, including eliminating jobs both on the business and coaching sides, as well as salary reductions for employees.