In recent San Antonio Spurs news, the entity that owns the organization will pay it’s hourly and part-time workers through the end of the team’s season.
With NBA players like Kevin Love and Zion Williamson announcing that they’ll put money toward paying the salaries of the workers who lost their jobs due to the NBA’s suspension, the San Antonio Spurs made the right choice.
It was reported by Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News that Spurs Sports & Entertainment, the entity that owns the team as well as the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League, has created a $500,000 fund to pay the wages of hourly and part-time workers through the end of the designated seasons.
For the workers, this means that their importance to the organization is not devalued. SS&E CEO R.C. Buford, who served as general manager from 2002-2019, showed that he has the guts to make things happen for the benefit of his employees.
#Spurs chairman Peter J. Holt, via statement, "SS&E is a values-based organization, and taking care of our entire staff -both full and part-time – was never a question of 'if' but of 'how.' "
— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) March 16, 2020
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We’re in unknown waters at this point and the coronavirus outbreak is making the jobs of many employees throughout various industries in this country very difficult right now. SS&E responded responsibly by ensuring that their employees don’t lose their jobs at the same time as this national crisis.
The same can’t be said for many of the league’s teams. Workers throughout the NBA are having their jobs suspended without assurance of pay or aid during this time of need. As I mentioned earlier, players throughout the league have stepped up to help pay some of their salaries, but the billionaire owners are standing idly and letting their employees tread into darkness without financial security.
San Antonio is operated like a family from the top down. Every single person who works for the Spurs is considered a member of the Spurs Family and is valued for their contribution to the greater whole. The Spurs’ decision to make sure those people are taken care of shows that the morals with which the organization operates always hold firm, even in times of desperation.
Crisis isn’t going to stop the Spurs family from coming together in a time of need, even if they can’t do so physically.