BOSTON - When the coronavirus pandemic hit Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz, the NBA season was suspended immediately. This left many things in question, but chief among them was how the staff of the basketball arenas would be paid during the time when no games were being played.
Many hourly workers and vendors rely on the stadiums to be open during game time, after all. But there might not be NBA again until June, and that's being hopeful. Fortunately, many figures around the league were quick to take care of the workers most impacted by this unprecedented season suspension, as shared by The Boston Globe. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was the first to make it clear that the team would take care of the staff. Players like Blake Griffin, Zion Williamson, Kevin Love, Stephen Curry, and more stepped up to help the hourly workers, as well.
Now, the Boston Celtics have joined this movement, as every team will do soon enough. It was reported by John Karalis of MassLive that the Celtics would pay their arena staff throughout the rest of the season, picking up the slack where there was a lot of uncertainty. The reason it took about a week to achieve was that the Celtics had to figure out the logistics with the Boston Bruins, who also play in the TD Garden. (Many Bruins players have stepped up to help during this time, as well. The NHL season was suspended, too.)
Ownership groups in sports are so lucrative that this is a move that should be expected of them, but it is still reassuring and heart-warming to see them do it nonetheless. It is inspiring to see how many people have stepped up to help people in need during this pandemic and I will definitely not forget everyone who worked so hard to take care of one another. These are uncertain times, but we can pull through it by sticking together and uniting in the face of troubles. A great way to do that is to continue to pay workers who are harmed by the pandemic's effects on society.
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