Lions will reimburse employees if no games are missed

The Detroit Lions have reduced salaries for employees or forced them to take two-week furloughs – fancy talk for unpaid vacations.

But according to Tom “Killer” Kowalski of, all of them will be reimbursed the money in the event the NFL plays a complete schedule this season.

No club that has forced pay cuts on employees has been able to explain why. They’ve all been collecting money from ticket sales this offseason. In the case of the Lions, things have gone well for the team at the ticket window after the club showed a little bit of life at the end of the 2010 season, even ending a horrific road losing streak.

But team president Tom Lewand declined to discuss the situation today at the team’s charity golf outing. Hopefully, the labor situation will be resolved before long and all of the employees across the league who have had positively nothing to do with it will get their money back.

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