SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The property, players and coaches of the Golden State Warriors have pledged to donate $ 1 million to assist employees working in the Chase Center.
“As a player, we wanted to do something, along with our property and coaches, to relieve pain during this time,” star guard Stephen Curry said in a press release.
Joe Lacob, owner of Warriors, added: “Our players, coaches, owners and managers have focused on creating a way to help our part-time employees. We are facing the potential difficulties these hardworking people may encounter during this break in the NBA season. While all and all affairs are affected, those who are lucky enough to be able to help, need help. “
Other teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, have made commitments to workers not only in NBA events but also in the building’s minor league hockey games. Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks were among the first NBA franchises to reveal that they are working on how they will take care of the arena’s staff. So did the NHL Washington Capitals, among others, and the Pistons-owned group, Red Wings and Detroit Tigers on Friday said they would set up a $ 1 million fund “to cover one month’s wages for the our part-time staff for games, concerts and events that otherwise would have worked. “
Thousands of workers are said to have employed the 450 NBA and NHL games that will not be played in the coming month in response to the pandemic. And then there are more than 300 spring training sessions and regular season baseball games, 130 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s tournament games, around 50 Major League Soccer games, all international golf and tennis tournaments and who knows how many high school , small college and other entertainment events canceled or postponed due to the global health crisis.
The total economic impact of the loss of sporting events and other events due to the pandemic – assuming a one month stop – is impossible to calculate but will easily reach billions.
The San Jose sharks said workers in the part-time arena would be paid for all unplayed games and Florida Panthers goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky said he would give workers in the club’s arena $ 100,000 – one donation matched by his teammates and followed by another commitment by the team owned team.
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