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Sport Panthers commit to paying staff through entirety of coronavirus pandemic

06:25  28 march  2020
06:25  28 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Panthers commit to paying staff through entirety of coronavirus pandemic . The NHL season was officially suspended on March 12, one day after an NBA player tested positive for coronavirus , leading the basketball league to postpone its season.

The 2019–2020 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

As businesses continue to close across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, many workers are naturally worrying about their job security and financial future.

Vincent Viola wearing a red shirt: Florida Panthers owner Vinnie Viola has committed to paying team employees throughout the coronavirus pandemic. © Amy Beth Bennett / Sun Sentinel/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS Florida Panthers owner Vinnie Viola has committed to paying team employees throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Amid the crisis, the Florida Panthers have issued a clear message to their employees — “We’ve got you covered.”

Owner Vinnie Viola has committed to paying the team’s full staff through the entirety of the coronavirus pandemic, a source confirmed to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Based out of the BB&T Center in Sunrise, the Panthers employ about 230 people, per Bloomberg.

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He said the group was planning to pay staff for work carried out until the forced closure, but left employees in doubt over what happens next. He added the group won’t be paying staff anything while the pubs are shut until the government fulfils its promise to pay 80 per cent of the wages for workers

The NHL season was officially suspended on March 12, one day after an NBA player tested positive for coronavirus, leading the basketball league to postpone its season. There’s been no timeline yet as to when hockey will resume.

The Panthers had 13 games remaining in the regular season, including six at the BB&T Center. Following the postponement of the season, Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky donated $100,000 to help part-time stadium workers. The team’s ownership group also pledged to contribute.

Viola, 64, purchased the Florida Panthers in 2013 and is worth an estimated net worth of $3 billion, per Bloomberg.

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