Bucs to close offices next week

Updated: May 27, 2011, 3:26 PM ET
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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say their offices will be closed next week and that team employees could face additional unpaid furloughs if the NFL labor stoppage extends into the fall and winter.

The Baltimore Ravens, meanwhile, have reinstated full pay after cutting employees' salaries by 25 percent when the NFL lockout started March 11, a league source told ESPN on Friday. Ravens employees will also be reimbursed for lost salary, the source said.

At least 10 teams have implemented some sort of pay reduction or furlough plan, and more teams may impose more stringent measures as the lockout threatens games. Most teams will reimburse employees if the NFL plays a full season.

The Bucs announced their move in a brief statement posted Thursday on the club's website, noting that employees will be fully reimbursed for lost wages for Memorial Day week if the labor dispute between owners and players is "resolved without the loss of any regular-season games."

"The Buccaneers remain hopeful that the 2011 season will be played without interruption; presuming this occurs, the plan will essentially provide the team's entire staff with an extra week of paid vacation," club spokesman Jonathan Grella said. "And more importantly, this plan preserves jobs and does not ask employees to work for less or no pay."

Additional office closings could be implemented for the Bucs if the owners-imposed lockout continues to Labor Day and beyond.

Employees were notified in March of the plans for unpaid furloughs, giving them an opportunity to plan vacations in advance.

Team offices will reopen June 6.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.