NBA’s 76ers, NHL’s Devils rescind employee salary cuts

Josh Harris

Josh Harris

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The parent company of the NHL's New Jersey Devils and NBA's Philadelphia 76ers reversed a decision on Tuesday to garnish wages for team employees throughout the coronavirus pandemic after a part-owner and other employees pushed back on the move.

"Our commitment has been to do our best to keep all of our employees working through this very hard situation", Harris said Tuesday afternoon in a statement. After listening to our staff and players, it's clear that was the wrong decision.

"As we navigate this evolving COVID-19 environment, we are mindful of the long-term impact the suspension of live events and games will have on our organization and industry", said Scott O'Neil, CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, the sports and entertainment group that owns the 76ers, in a statement sent to the employees.

Harris reportedly first chose to cut pay for every non-contracted employee making at least $50,000 before changing it to $70,000.

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76ers employees who make more than $50k a year are being required to accept a 20% salary reduction. and the remaining staffers have been asked to voluntarily take the cut.

"To our staff and fans, I apologize for getting this wrong".

Stein also notes that contracted employees, like members of the coaching staff and front office, have been asked to participate in the program but can not be forced. At-will employees, however, would be forced to deal with these cuts. Over the course of the year, the large majority of National Basketball Association players receive 24 payments, with the first half of them including a 10 percent escrow tax.

On the other hand, the National Hockey League is on hold until at least mid-May after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that no events or gatherings with 50 or more people shall take place for at least eight weeks.

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