Kevin Love, Cavaliers follow Mark Cuban's example, will aid workers affected by NBA shutdown

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More NBA teams and one prominent player pledged Thursday to help support workers who stand to lose wages while the league is suspended because of coronavirus.

They were following the lead of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who told reporters Wednesday that he would put together a payment plan for the team's hourly workers.

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The Cavaliers and forward Kevin Love were the most public with their intentions. First, the Cavs announced they would develop "a compensation plan to continue paying our event staff and hourly workforce that is impacted with the changes to our regular event schedule" at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse,

Love followed hours later with an Instagram post pledging $100,000 from his foundation to Cavs arena and support staff.

 

A Cavaliers spokesperson told ESPN's Dave McMenamin that "well over a thousand" people are employed at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse and the Canton (Ohio) Memorial Civic Center, where the Cavs' G League affiliate plays.

Hawks majority owner Tony Ressler told The Athletic that his team would follow Cuban's example and pay workers.

"We are indeed and feel strongly it’s both the right thing to do and good business," Ressler wrote in an e-mail to reporter Bill Shea.

McMenamin reported that other NBA teams are developing similar plans.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday that the league would suspend play for at least 30 days in response to the global coronavirus outbreak.

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