Plenty of unfortunately news is coming out these days related to COVID-19. With all major sports suspending play, one of the concerns was what those people working in the industry would do when these huge sporting events were not taking place. Sure, we want the millionaire athletes to remain healthy, but they’ll ultimately be fine from a financial perspective. But what about administration staff, security, parking attendants, and all the other workers who make game-day events possible? Well, those folks in Philadelphia won’t have to worry for the next month.
Good on Comcast Spectacor, which has followed the lead of others and vowed to pay, "All game-day employees who were originally scheduled to work Flyers, 76ers and Wings games that have now been postponed between March 14 - 31."— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) March 13, 2020
The Sixers are a tenant at Wells Fargo Center, so any arena staff members fall under the employ of Comcast Spectacor. The company has stepped up here in doing the right thing during these trying times.
In regard to the Sixers themselves, Kevin Kinkead of Crossing Broad reported earlier today that Josh Harris and David Blitzer “have committed to paying their hourly and game night 76ers staff for postponed games...This would include game night performers, entertainers, and part-time Sixers staffers.”
I know we give Harris and ownership a lot of grief about money-related matters, but kudos on answering the call in this instance.
As Forrest Gump said (get well soon, Tom), “Good, one less thing to worry about.”