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Giannis Antetokounmpo promises $ 100K to help Fiserv Forum staff

Giannis Antetokounmpo became the last NBA star to make a donation to help arena staff who will not be able to work while the season is indefinitely suspended during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Milwaukee Bucks forward tweeted that he will commit $ 100,000 to the Fiserv Forum staff.

“It’s bigger than basketball!” Antetokounmpo tweeted on Friday afternoon. “And in this difficult moment I want to help people who simplify my life, the life of my family and that of my teammates.”

After the season ended on Wednesday night, the Bucks emailed Fiserv Forum employees and told them that if they were scheduled for Thursday’s game between Milwaukee and Boston, those staff members would still received a guaranteed minimum of three hours because the game was canceled less than 24 hours before staff were expected to enter the arena.

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The email also said “no one associated with the Arena tested positive for COVID-19”.

On Thursday, Cavaliers striker Kevin Love announced on Instagram that he would donate $ 100,000 through the Kevin Love Fund to support Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse staff in Cleveland.

On Thursday, Love told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, “My hope is that others will increase!”

Ilitch Companies, the group that owns the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL and the Detroit Tigers of the MLB, has announced that it has set up a $ 1 million fund to compensate members of the part-time staff of the arena and events for a month.

“Our sincere hope is that this will provide comfort to our colleagues in this difficult time,” Ilitch’s Companies said in a statement. “When the events resume, we can’t wait for our colleagues to return to work normally.”

Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment co-management partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer also said on Friday that they will pay all part-time employees of the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center and game day employees the wages they would earn for the rest of the NHL season.

“We understand that the suspension of our Devils games and concerts has created unintended suffering for the men and women who look after their families and we believe that our commitment to them in this unprecedented period is imperative”, said Harris.

“These are the people who feel like family every time I step into the arena, so it’s natural to show our support,” added Blitzer.

ESPN’s Eric Woodyard contributed to the report.

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