The NBA and NHL each made the unprecedented decision to suspend their regular seasons last Thursday due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. With no games to be played in the near future, thousands of everyday arena workers are faced with the possibility of losing the income they would have made.
Yet some of the biggest names from around the two leagues have stepped in to help. Here are just a few:
It’s bigger than basketball! And during this tough time I want to help the people that make my life, my family’s lives and my teammates lives easier. Me and my family pledge to donate $100,000 to the Fiserv Forum staff. We can get through this together! 🙏🏽
— Giannis Antetokounmpo (@Giannis_An34) March 13, 2020
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The people of New Orleans have been incredibly welcoming and supportive since I was Drafted by the Pels last June, and some of the most special people I have met are those who work at smoothie King Center. These are the folks who make our games possible, creating the perfect environment for our fans and everyone involved in the organization. Unfortunately, many of them are still recovering from long term challenges created by Katrina, and now face the economic impact of the postponement of games because of the virus. My mother has always set an example for me about being respectful for others and being grateful for what we have, and so today I am pledging to cover the salaries for all of those Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days. This is a small way for me to express my support and appreciation for these wonderful people who have been so great to me and my teammates and hopefully we can all join together to relieve some of the stress and hardship caused by this national health crisis. This is an incredibly resilient city full of some of the most resilient people, but sometimes providing a little extra assistance can make things a little easier for the community.
Kevin Love is committing $100K to help support the Cavs' arena and support staff amid the cancellation of the NBA season.
“I hope that during this time of crisis, others will join me in supporting our communities.” pic.twitter.com/MgTXvajzEV
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 12, 2020
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) March 13, 2020
#FlaPanthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is going to donate $100,000 to make sure all part-time staff who work at BB&T Center get paid during this hiatus. His teammates will match that $100,000 with ownership putting in whatever else is needed. pic.twitter.com/SKNSrjrecO
— George Richards (@GeorgeRichards) March 13, 2020
Looks like Milan Lucic, Lauren Giordano and Zac Rinaldo chipped into this. Amazing gesture. https://t.co/IyqZT3tsPn
— Kristen Anderson (@KdotAnderson) March 15, 2020
Many of the owners from the two leagues have decided to assist as well:
Warriors ownership, players and coaches to contribute $1 million to disaster relief fund for Chase Center employees pic.twitter.com/42nYAalO9t
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) March 14, 2020
Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban is planning to support his hourly workers who will go without paychecks during the NBA shutdown pic.twitter.com/yiAuybbh9w
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 16, 2020
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) March 14, 2020
NJ owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer say they have committed to paying hourly/event staff for postponed @NJDevils games and Prudential Center events. “Employees are family…It’s important to band together and lift each other up during these times.”
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 13, 2020
The NBA’s suspended regular season will be re-evaluated after 30 days, while the NHL gave no timetable for a return to action.
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” — Proverbs 3:27
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