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Mark Cuban is implementing a plan to pay hourly workers during the NBA’s job stoppage

A second Utah Jazz player tests coronavirus positive, as a suspended NBA considers the next steps
Talking to reporters after the Mavericks played the Denver Nuggets at home on Wednesday evening, Cuban said he had started running a program to financially support the workers of the arena.

“I contacted people in the arena and our people at Mavs to find out how much it would cost to support, financially support, people who won’t be able to come to work,” said Cuban. “They are paid by the hour, and this was their source of income. So, we will do some things there. We could ask them to volunteer in return, but we have already started the process of having a program in place. I have no details to provide, but it is certainly something that is important to me. “

With a second Jazz player who has confirmed that he has tried the coronavirus and who has been officially declared a pandemic, there is no timetable for when the league will resume playing.

This means that hourly workers in arenas across the league may be out of work for weeks, if not months. It remains to be seen how the other teams respond and if they follow the example of the Cuban.

Cuban’s comments come later Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers told reporters, “We especially feel for the workers, the low-income workers who count on working with our games. If you have empathy, do it for them, not for us. We play basketball. It’s a great deal, but we’re just playing basketball. “.

Correction: An earlier version of this story claimed that Mavericks played at the American Airlines Arena.

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