The NFL seems to be making progress towards a resolution of the labor dispute. But the question for many involved is whether that will occur quickly enough to save all of the collateral damage that might be occuring along the way.
Reports were out last week that as many as seven NFL teams had furloughs or cuts in their front office and/or coaching staffs. These cuts are known to include Miami, Buffalo, the New York Jets, Kansas City, Detroit, Tampa Bay and Arizona are the teams known to have slashed payroll.
In all, the number of affected employees who work for either the clubs or the league is likely more than 100.
Some teams have refused to comment (San Fran and Atlanta) while others have repeatedly expressed a strong aversion to making those cuts.
The expectation is that most of the staff will recovery the full amount due to them if the entire NFL season is played. So while these staff have nothing to do with the dispute and no control over what is going on, they will suffer if the league is unable to get a deal in place.
Based on current rumors and momentum, it appears that a deal will get done over the next few weeks and will occur in time to get the teams to open up their training camps as scheduled in late July.