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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Zion Williamson among stars aiding arena workers

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Giannis Antetokounmpo and Zion Williamson have joined other NBA stars in saying they will make donations to aid arena employees who will be unable to work while the NBA season is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After the season was suspended Wednesday night, the Bucks emailed Fiserv Forum employees and told them that if they were on the schedule for Thursday’s game between Milwaukee and Boston, those staff members still would be paid a guaranteed three-hour minimum because the game was canceled less than 24 hours before staff was expected to be at the arena.

The email also said “no one associated with the Arena has tested positive for COVID-19.”

Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry tweeted that the team would match Antetokounmpo’s pledge.nike jerseys nfl cheap

Williamson posted to Instagram that he will cover the salaries of Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days.

Williamson, the 19-year-old No. 1 overall pick, wrote on his Instagram post: “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.”6
The Dallas Mavericks released a statement Friday saying they are making arrangements to “ensure that scheduled event staff will receive payment for the six home games that were to take place during the 30-day NBA hiatus.”

Florida Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky donated $100,000 to part-time workers at the Panthers’ arena. The donation was matched by his teammates and ownership also made a pledge.

Ilitch Companies, the group that owns the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and MLB’s Detroit Tigers, announced that it set up a $1 million fund to compensate part-time arena and event staff members for one month.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china

“Our sincere hope is that this provides comfort to our colleagues in this difficult time,” Ilitch Companies said in a statement. “When events resume, we look forward to our colleagues being safely back to work as normal.”

Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment co-managing partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer also said Friday they will pay all New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center part-time event and game-day employees the wages they would have earned for the remainder of the NHL season.

“We realize the suspension of our Devils games and concerts has created an unintended hardship for the men and women who provide for their families and believe our commitment to them in this unprecedented time is imperative,” Harris said.

“These are the folks that feel like family every time I step in the arena, so it’s natural to show our support,” Blitzer added.

The Pittsburgh Penguins also announced a plan to play full- and part-time arena and service employees, with funding coming from Penguins players, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the Mario Lemieux Foundation.

Other teams that have said they either have a plan or are working on one during the hiatus include the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals.

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