By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The sports world was rocked recently with the cancelation and postponements of events around the country. A unity to help for those who will have economic difficulties in the upcoming future caused by the coronavirus pandemic is on the way in downtown LA. The LA Clippers, LA Kings, Los Angeles Lakers and STAPLES Center have joined together to establish a fund to provide financial support to all hourly event staff employees impacted by the suspension of sporting events at STAPLES Center.
The fund is designed to provide compensation for wages lost by employees scheduled to work at suspended sporting events through the end of the NBA and NHL regular seasons.
Nearly 3,000 active hourly event staff who work at STAPLES Center will receive funds during the stoppage of events. They include ushers, security officers, ticket sellers, ticket takers, parking attendants, merchandise staff, food and beverage employees, housekeeping and operations staff and stage hands, among others.
Recognizing that the coronavirus is not just a health crisis but also an economic one, the organizations have come together in this unprecedented way to help the valued employees who work tirelessly to deliver outstanding guest experiences and teamwork that is the heart of STAPLES Center.