As the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic continues to rock the economy and decimate the service industry, many sports teams have stepped up to the plate when it comes to supporting the thousands of arena and game-day staff that are out of a job with the sports world ground to a halt.
As of Thursday evening, 30 of the 31 NHL franchises have announced plans to support this workforce with financial assistance and other measures, while MLB clubs pledged $30 million to support the same cause.
In Boston, the Red Sox made good on the league's promise by committing $1 million to support part-time and seasonal workers at Fenway Park and JetBlue Park. The Celtics will also reportedly pay their team-employed, game-night staff through the rest of the regular season — providing some financial security for locker-room staff, official scoring and stats personnel, media-room attendants, ball boys and game-night entertainment.
However, the Celtics only serve as tenants of TD Garden, and do not employ and pay staff such as ushers and concession workers. That responsibility falls on Delaware North — the owners of both the venue and the Bruins. And so far, both the Bruins and Delaware North haven't offered much in terms of a response.