There doesn’t appear to be any good news on the horizon in the NFL labor dispute if we are to rely on the words from either side. The fringe news hasn’t been good and it looks like it is getting worse.
News came out yesterday that the Detroit Lions, an organization that stated no immediate staffing changes would occur when the lockout began, will begin implementing two week furloughs. The Lions had been prepared to weather the storm until things got bad. Welcome to bad.
Tom Kowalski added some details this morning:
Re: #LIONS staff salaries … low-end employees will see 4% slash (2-week furlough) … high-end employees will see up to 25% decrease
The news of this morning is that the NFL has cancelled its annual rookie symposium. From NFL Network’s Albert Breer via twitter:
The NFL has cancelled its rookie symposium — scheduled for late June in Canton, Ohio — according to a source.
We can hope that that cancellation is due to uncertainty rather than a foreshadowing of the nastiness that is to come but that may be an overly optimistic view considering the events to date. Adam Schefter’s tweet announcing the cancellation certainly didn’t provide a positive outlook:
In the unofficial beginning of the cancellation of events, NFL is cancelling next month’s rookie symposium in Canton, Ohio. More at ESPN.com