Report: Dolphins cut pay for employees

MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins have cut employee pay because of the NFL lockout, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

Salaries will be cut 10 to 20 percent effectively immediately for all support staff, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins have not publicly announced the cuts. The person said the percentage is higher for higher-paid employees.

The Dolphins declined to confirm the reductions, which were first reported by The Miami Herald.

The Palm Beach Post reported on May 18 that general manager Jeff Ireland, coach Tony Sparano and the coaching staff will get their pay sliced starting June 1 if the lockout isn't over.

Dolphins employees were informed of the reductions by CEO Mike Dee at a meeting Tuesday, and told they'll return to full pay when the lockout ends. Dee blamed lagging ticket sales resulting from the lockout, the person told the AP.

Other teams began instituting furloughs and pay cuts in March. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell slashed his salary to $1, and all league personnel at New York headquarters took a 12-percent cut.

Shortly before the lockout began, team owner Stephen Ross didn't discount the possibility of pay cuts.

"Right now, we're looking at it as business as usual," Ross said in February. "Hopefully we'll not be in a position where we have to do that."

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.