Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

NBA, NHL players/owners cover lost wages for arena workers amid suspended seasons

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:

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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.

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Many of the owners from the two leagues have decided to assist as well:

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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