Each of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs have pledged $1 million to aid workers at stadiums across the country who are losing wages from the season being delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Over the past 48 hours, I have been approached by representatives of all 30 clubs to help assist the thousands of ballpark employees affected by the delay in the start of the Major League Baseball season," MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday in a statement.
"Motivated by desire to help some of the most valuable members of the baseball community, each Club has committed $1 million. The individual clubs will be announcing more details surrounding this support effort in their local communities. The timing of these announcements will vary because of the need to coordinate with state and local laws as well as collective bargaining obligations in an effort to maximize the benefits realized by each group of employees. I am proud that our clubs came together so quickly and uniformly to support these individuals who provide so much to the game we love.”
MLB clubs have committed $30M — $1M apiece — to assist the ballpark employees affected by the delayed start to our season. pic.twitter.com/ZzJOkxGt2e
Many stadium workers, like those who work concession stands and ushers, are part-time employees who are paid on a per-game basis. And with the sporting world suspending or postponing operations to help curb the spread of COVID-19 – the official name of the virus – many have called for economic relief for the employees who help make gameday experiences.
After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the postponement or cancellation of any events with 50 or more people for at least eight weeks, MLB announced on Monday that “the opening of the 2020 regular season will be pushed back in accordance with that guidance.”
That would put an Opening Day date around mid-May at the absolute earliest.
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Many individual sporting franchises have made similar pledges to assist stadium workers, as have certain star players. On Friday, the NBA’s Golden State Warriors pledged $1 million to aid the employees of the Chase Center, where they play their games.
No league, however, has taken on the collective effort to provide relief like MLB, securing the million-dollar commitment from each organization.
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