NFLPA executive director Smith to forego salary until settlement

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith told players at their summit in Marco Island, Fla. Friday that he will cut his salary to $0 until the labor dispute over a new collective bargaining agreement is settled, according to NFLPA sources.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and general counsel Jeff Pash cut their salaries to $1 while the league imposes a lockout.

Goodell and Pash promised in January that they would absorb salary cuts if there was a work stoppage. Goodell earns about $10 million a year, including bonuses, and Pash nearly $5.5 million. Smith later said he would take a pay cut to 68 cents, though it appears he has taken that promise one step further. Smith is listed as earning a salary of about $1.8 million from the NFLPA.

Smith addressed the players in small groups on Friday, with the salary news part of a larger promise that his goal was to get a fair deal done as quickly as possible, the sources said.

Following a breakdown in negotiations March 11, the NFLPA decertified as a union. That was followed by the league's lockout, creating the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987. A group of 10 players subsequently sued, asking a Minneapolis court to halt the lockout.

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