Dolphins, others to restore staff pay

Updated: July 25, 2011, 11:28 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Miami Dolphins have restored employee pay that was reduced because of the NFL labor dispute.

With NFL players voting Monday to approve an agreement, Dolphins employees' salaries have returned to previous levels effective immediately, CEO Mike Dee said. All compensation withheld since reductions took effect May 15 will be returned in full in the next paycheck.

"You learn a lot more about people in tough times than you do during times that are great," Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said. "Our staff was outstanding, never complained and supported the cause. It was great news to deliver to them today to restore compensation back to traditional levels."

The pay cuts had been blamed on lagging ticket sales resulting from the lockout.

In related news Monday:

• Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank will be returning lost pay to employees and raises will be paid retroactively, a team source told ESPN.com's Pat Yasinkas.

• The Buffalo Bills have told staff that they will receive full reimbursement of back pay, restoration of their previous salary levels and 401k retroactive to the lockout, the team's CEO Russ Brandon has confirmed to The Associated Press.

• The Kansas City Chiefs have decided to restore employee pay that was reduced because of the NFL labor dispute, plus a 3 percent raise, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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