There are no particulars yet – we’re going to be saying that a lot in the coming weeks, aren’t we? – but it’s a good early sign to see this out there about the Ricketts Family and what they’re thinking about the many workers who will be impacted by the potential loss of MLB games.
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts & family are formulating plans in concert w/MLB to make sure all of their game day employees are paid if MLB misses games due to the Covid 19 shutdown. They have some time to finalize their action plan because MLB season was not yet scheduled to begin.
— David Kaplan (@thekapman) March 15, 2020
Obviously MLB is still holding out hope that there will be a full 162-game slate this year, though as we’ve discussed, that seems pretty hard to realistically imagine. In that event, I’d imagine there will be some arguments that games weren’t lost, so game day employees’ pay would not be impacted.
But if games ARE lost, then I really appreciate an organization standing up to make sure the workers who make their games possible are taken care of.
Even in a delay situation, however, I would point out that there are probably a lot of workers who count on paychecks to be able to safely function week-to-week, so it may be necessary to take care of them sooner rather than later, even in the event that “lost” games are made up later in the year.
Also, note, that Obvious Shirts is still committed to make sure the proceeds from this shirt find their way to workers who need help because of the coronavirus, so I want to re-share: