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Lions will refund employees if no games are lost


The Lions are among the teams that have opted to hide behind a self-induced financial crisis to take salary away from employees who are caught in the middle of a labor dispute.

The good news, sort of, is that the Lions will refund any lost pay, if the full season is played.

Tom Kowalski of, citing an unnamed source close to the situation, reports that the money will be paid “if the entire football schedule is played this year.” Presumably, that means regular season and preseason.

Though we’d prefer the Lions to make like the Ravens and pay back all money now, the possibility of refunds in the event the lockout gets resolved in time to play the full season is the next best thing, and yet another reason for the two sides to keep working toward getting a deal done.