With the Spurs’ season on hold at least temporarily, Spurs Sports & Entertainment announced Monday it is establishing a fund to ensure that the organization’s part-time employees will be paid through the end of the Spurs and Rampage seasons.
The move follows similar efforts by other NBA team owners to support part-time workers such as concessions personnel, ticket takers, and others who work at the league’s venues while the pro basketball season is suspended because of the coronavirus.
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The fund totals more than $500,000, according to a tweet from the Spurs.
“As SanAntonio feels the ripple effects of the difficult decisions we have all had to make because of this global pandemic, we know that few will feel this more than the members of our community who rely on hourly and part-time employment to take care of their families,” stated Spurs Chairman Peter J. Holt.
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“Spurs Sports & Entertainment is a values-based organization, and taking care of our entire staff – both full-time and part-time – was never a question of ‘if,’ but of ‘how.’”
Holt added that the organization has spent the last few days “examining every option together,” and found a way to provide support.
The NBA suspended the season on March 11 after a Utah Jazz player was found to have tested positive for coronavirus moments before a game began in Oklahoma City. The suspension was announced as being for 30 days, the time frame could be extended as the virus outbreak persists.
At the time the season was suspended, the Spurs had 11 home games remaining on their regular-season schedule.