Celtics to pay team-employed game-night staff through end of scheduled regular season
Although the 2019-20 season has bee suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus, reports reveal that the Boston Celtics will continue paying its team-employed game-night staff through the scheduled regular season, per John Karalis of MassLive.
Game-night staff employees include performers, locker room attendants, ball boys, scorer’s table crew, and the statistics crew.
According to a team source, the Boston Celtics will pay the team-employed game night staff through the end of the scheduled regular season. That includes game-night performers, locker room attendants, ball boys, the scorer’s table crew, and the stats crew.
Other personnel such as security staff, ushers and concession workers are not employed by the Celtics. Rather, they are employed by TD Garden and Delaware North, which owns the Boston Bruins.
Players such as Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans and Giannis Antetokounpo of the Milwaukee Bucks have pledged to donate to stadium employees who will be out of work during the hiatus. Bucks Senior Vice-President Alex Lasry said that the organization would follow suit.
Apart from containing the spread of COVID-19, the NBA is bracing for the financial repercussions of the indefinite suspension. Since medical experts have advised the general public to exercise social distancing, in the event the NBA season resumes, games will likely be held without fans in the stadiums.
Moreover, after the CDC recommended not to hold events with 50-plus people for the next two months, the NBA is looking at a possible resumption of the season in mid-June to August.