The Charlotte Hornets announced on Sunday that ownership and the players were teaming up to create a fund that will cover the wages of hourly Hornets staff that can’t work while everything is shuttered up due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From the team site:
The fund will provide compensation of lost wages to employees scheduled to work at suspended NBA games (Hornets) and G League games (Greensboro Swarm), as well as postponed Spectrum Center events and concerts. The fund will provide assistance for part-time employees working Spectrum Center concerts and Greensboro Swarm part-time staff through the end of March, while Hornets part-time staff will be compensated through the originally-scheduled end of the regular season (April 13).
This comes following news that individual players and owners had started putting up money to cover employees in similar capacities around the league. What separates the Hornets from the rest is that they created this fund as a team with no names attached.
Yahoo Sources: Hornets players chose to partner as team, not individually. Amount donated by each player to fund part-time employees won’t be announced. Players wanted to avoid optics of competing, self-promotion. “We’re here as a team to make a difference during this crazy time”— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 15, 2020