Atlanta — The NFL is hiring more than 1,000 full-time employees and a small group of part-time associates, but its hiring freeze is still in place.
The league is looking for candidates to fill positions at all levels of the game, from front office and personnel to broadcast and studio production, according to the league’s executive vice president of communications, Brian Murphy.
The positions will include broadcast/replay support, production/production assistant, assistant producer, production support, studio producer, studio assistant and studio assistant, he said.
“We’ve had some exciting hires this offseason, including the acquisition of a team of talented, energetic individuals who will be working with our players, coaches and other teams to create the kind of competitive environment that we know our fans will love and want to see in our stadiums.”
The team is hiring part-timers as well, including a number of full- and part-timer candidates, he added.
The position openings will open in January, the league said.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Murphy said the freeze has been in place since last March.
“The league has been actively looking for talented people who can help us build and strengthen our football operations, both in Atlanta and across the league,” Murphy said.
The freeze also applies to the NFL’s regional affiliates.
The NFL and its regional affiliates in North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Texas are all looking for new full- or part-staff and partcast jobs.
In a separate statement, Murphy reiterated the league was not looking to change the game.
“All of our employees will continue to be eligible to work in the NFL regardless of where they are based,” he said in the statement.
“For those of you who have been wondering why we are keeping the freeze, it’s simple: It’s a great time to work for the NFL.
There are plenty of opportunities to be a part of our business, whether it’s as an analyst, producer, producer assistant, production assistant, studio production support or studio production assistant.”
We look forward to welcoming these talented people to the organization and we’ll work with them to develop our future opportunities,” he added in the release.
The Atlanta Falcons have struggled to win games in recent years, and the team is not expected to compete for a playoff spot this season.
It has played in just three of the last four NFL playoffs, and its last Super Bowl win came in 2006.
The Falcons also have been hit hard by Hurricane Irma, with one player missing the entire season and the NFL saying it’s uncertain whether they’ll be able to field a full team.
The team also announced Friday that it had parted ways with wide receiver Julio Jones, who is recovering from multiple injuries, after he was suspended four games.