Just as Joe Tsai tweeted two days ago, the Nets and Barclays Center have a plan to help arena staff, offering hourly employees salaries through May. The arena is shuttered both because of the NBA’s suspension and New York State’s ban on events attended by more than 500 people.
Here’s the statement from Tsai’s parent company, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment. It’s entitled, “EMERGENCY ECONOMIC RELIEF FOR HOURLY EMPLOYEES AT BARCLAYS CENTER.”
The key line: “We commit to provide relief to hourly employees for the paychecks they would have earned if Brooklyn Nets regular season games and non-Nets events as originally scheduled. The plan will cover the period from now until the end of May unless the events are rescheduled before that.”
The statement also noted that the the Nets and arena management will work with the “partners, including service contractors, event promoters and unions” to ensure the plan’s success.
Tsai also tweeted out his rationale in helping people and wished the employees “stay healty and stay safe.”. Tsai owns the Nets and Barclays.
In a response to a Spencer Dinwiddie tweet suggesting the Nets needed to take care of hourly workers, Tsai replied “Hear hear @SDinwiddie_25 we’re working on a plan!”
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