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Blazers to cover $1.4 million in workers’ wages during coronavirus suspension


The NBA is still doing everything they can to stem the impact of the coronavirus. The Portland Trail Blazers are directly affected as the NBA had to suspend their games. However, the team is making a move to ensure that the employees who are working with them will get the necessary financial assistance they need.

According to The Athletic’s Jason Quick, the team will be providing a significant financial package for the team’s part-time employees. They set up a considerable $1.4-million fund to make sure that their workers will be able to get their pay. That’s despite the fact work is halted due to the NBA-mandated suspension.

The Blazers revealed that Blazers chair Jody Allen made the call to further secure the financial situation of their employees.

“This was very important to Jody that we take care of part-time employees who are missing out on wages relating to the suspension of our season,” Blazers CEO Chris McGowan told The Athletic.

It’s a great move by the Blazers to sort out the financial condition of their staff. It follows an inspiring trend of NBA teams taking measures to ensure their employees don’t go hungry during the suspension. It’s encouraging that the team committed such a huge amount for their people. Fans of other teams hope their players will soon follow suit.

On the basketball side of things, it’s very possible that the Blazers miss out on the playoffs. There are talks that the league will immediately start the playoffs upon its return, and the Blazers will miss it if that happens. They are currently ninth in the Western Conference with a 29-37 record.