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Bucs close offices for Memorial Day week; Falcons make cuts

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons have made adjustments to their staffing needs with the NFL lockout in its third month.

The Bucs 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 team announced the move in a brief statement posted Thursday on its 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."

Team spokesman Jonathan Grella says the Bucs remain hopeful the upcoming season will be played without interruption and that the plan to give employees time off without pay saves jobs and doesn't ask them to "work for less or no pay."

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

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution cited a source in reporting Thursday that the Falcons have instituted minor payroll reductions for members of the office staff.

The organization has a policy of not discussing internal business. Falcons owner Arthur Blank hasn't mandated significant cuts or furloughs, according to the newspaper.

Baltimore Ravens employees received good news, the Carroll County Timesreported Thursday. The team rescinded its 25 percent paycuts and refunded all lost salary.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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