Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Group reverses course, to pay 76ers employees

Group reverses course, to pay 76ers employees

While several National Basketball Association teams and players have pledged to take care of those hourly arena workers, Philadelphia 76ers managing partner Josh Harris initially planned salary reductions across the organization.

But the group changed its mind a day later, telling Wojnarowski that "after listening to our staff and players, it's clear that was the wrong decision".

Stein also notes that contracted employees, like members of the coaching staff and front office, have been asked to participate in the program but can not be forced.

"As we navigate this evolving COVID-19 environment, we are mindful of the long-term impact the suspension of live events and games will have on our organization and industry", said Scott O'Neil, CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, in a statement sent to the employees.

At-will employees who make more than $50,0000 were informed that their salaries would be cut by 20 percent and that they'd move to four-day work weeks starting on April 15.

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What they're saying: Just search "Josh Harris" (net worth: $3.8 billion) or "David Blitzer" (net worth: $1.3 billion) on Twitter and you'll find out pretty quickly how most Americans feel about billionaires cutting pay to avoid incurring losses that they could presumably withstand. Devils staff members were subject to the same pay cut.

Employees on contracts, such as members of the coaching staff and front office, have also been asked to participate in the program but can not be forced to do so.

ESPN added that both teams were expected to ask contracted front-office employees to take similar cuts.

Elton Brand has agreed to participate in the program, which is also being applied to the Devils.

"76ers star Joel Embiid says he is donating $500,000 to coronavirus relief and helping team workers who are temporarily reducing their salary during pandemic", The Athletic's Shams Charania tweeted Tuesday.

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