The Coronavirus pandemic has caused an immense amount of chaos in the sports world. With leagues producing billions of dollars on an annual basis, you would assume someone is losing money. That assumption is correct as many arena gameday workers will not be able to work due to these cancellations. The Missouri Valley Conference will have no games for the entirety of the academic year due to this epidemic.
“It sucks because we’re about to have a bunch of games over spring break and the rest of the year. Now we have zero,” senior ESPN+ crew member Baylee Chamberlain said. “This job is a stepping stone to my career path and we can’t work anymore. I can only imagine how the senior athletes feel.”
Tickets are not being sold, concessions are not making any money, hotels and bars are empty so how will workers get paid? Some NBA teams are taking this situation into their own hands to help workers pay their bills.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stated that he wanted to help find a way for workers to continue to be paid within minutes after the NBA shutdown announcement.
“We will pay them as if the games happened,” Cuban said in an email to the Associated press.
The Golden State Warriors have pledged to donate one million dollars to provide help to the people who work games and events at the Chase Center. New Orleans Pelicans Forward Zion Williamson said he would “cover the salaries” for workers at the team’s arena 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,” Williamson said on Instagram.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo also pledged a hundred thousand dollars to workers of the Fiserv Forum. Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin pledged a hundred thousand dollars for workers of the Little Caesars Arena. NHL’s Washington Capitals said they were setting up a one-million-dollar fund as well for their arena workers.
The list of players and organizations coming together to help the sports world shows how the athletes feel about their team. fans and even the employees of their team arenas. The first player to start donating was Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love. Love donated a hundred thousand dollars to employees of the Quicken Loans Arena.
Gobert of the Utah Jazz, the first NBA player to test positive for the virus, donated five hundred thousand dollars to arena employees and coronavirus-related services in Utah. The NBA is under a 30-day minimum suspension. If all goes right we will see professional basketball again on April 12.