The worldwide coronavirus pandemic is having a major impact on not just the sports calendar, but also the business of sports.
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So which leagues, teams, and media companies are financially taking care of their employees during the pandemic? And which aren’t, as unemployment numbers skyrocket in America?
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Here’s a roundup, compiled from various reports:
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• Major League Baseball: Non-player employees will be paid through at least April 30.
• Cleveland Indians: Trevor Bauer donated $10,000 and launched a GoFundMe campaign to help game-day workers across Major League Baseball.
• Houston Astros: George Springer gave $100,000 to stadium workers.
• Toronto Blue Jays: Part of a Toronto-wide charity effort for arena/stadium workers that also includes the Raptors and Maple Leafs.
• NBA: Salaries reduced for commissioner Adam Silver and other top league executives.
• Atlanta Hawks: Will continue to pay part-time employees.
• Boston Celtics: Will pay game-night staff for rest of regular season.
• Brooklyn Nets: Paying non-salaried arena workers through May.
• Charlotte Hornets: Paying part-time arena workers through April 13.
• Chicago Bulls (and Blackhawks): Paying game-night employees through rest of both seasons.
• Cleveland Cavaliers: Kevin Love gave $100,000 to arena workers. Cavaliers then…