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Knicks owner James Dolan, MSG still hasn’t committed to paying workers amid coronavirus crisis

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New York Knicks owner James Dolan and Madison Square Garden still hasn’t committed to pay arena workers amid the NBA’s suspended season, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

The Utah Jazz, like the Knicks, have talked about a long-term plan to pay workers but have yet to implement it:

The union had been negotiating with MSG as recently as Friday but MSG has only pledged to continue making healthcare contributions to workers who are eligible for the company’s plan, a source said. MSG has also vowed to pay workers until March 29, and only certain workers until April 5.

After that, there’s no commitment from MSG for at least the concessions and cleaning staff, according to multiple sources.

“It’s very frustrating, a lot of folks are scared about how they are going to pay their bills, how they’re going to pay their families,” Gerard Cerda, a food vendor at MSG for 26 years, told the News. “People are very, very concerned.”

One would hope James Dolan and his crew are still coming up with the details about their plan, because boy would it be yet another bad look for the Knicks franchise if they don’t pay for the workers when several teams and players have.

Before the 2019-20 season got suspended, the Knicks were in 12th place in the Eastern Conference standings. New York had a lowly record of 21-45.

The last time the Knicks had a winning record and made the playoffs was the 2012-13 campaign. New York has turned into a walking disaster under Dolan.

Before the season got suspended, New York was led in scoring by power forward Julius Randle, who was averaging 19.5 points through 64 games.