Orlando Magic commit $2 million to game-night workers
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 17, 2020 02:46 AM
Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) reacts after being called for a foul on Atlanta Hawks center Damian Jones, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Atlanta. Orlando won 130-120. (AP Photo/John Amis)
By The Associated Press
The DeVos family that owns the Orlando Magic has unveiled plans for a $2 million fund to pay hourly workers who will miss time because of sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The $2 million will be earmarked to help about 1,800 workers who are employed at Magic games, Lakeland Magic G League games, Orlando Solar Bears minor-league hockey games and other Amway Center events.
In addition, Magic players have told the organization that they want to provide even more money for those workers.
Magic CEO Alex Martins says: “The DeVos Family has a history of stepping up during challenging times. Today is no different. If someone is losing a paycheck because we are not playing, they will be fairly compensated.”
The Magic say the part-time employees will receive paychecks for missed games through what would have been the end of the regular season.