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Ducks Announce Furloughs And Layoffs
By Michael Walters
Today the Anaheim Ducks announced that they would be laying off and furloughing just under 15% of their employees.
Affected employees include those from the AHL’s San Diego Gulls, Anaheim Arena Management, and The Rinks. Also, employees working with the OC V!BE entertainment development and H&S Ventures were impacted.
The organization released this statement today:
“The enormous social, emotional, and financial impacts of the coronavirus have impacted us all, and the sports and entertainment industry continues to be severely affected. Due to the ongoing uncertainty and its unknown duration, today we felt it necessary to make a number of very difficult staffing decisions across our business units. For nearly three decades, we have been proud to serve as a symbol of excellence with our employees and players actively taking the role of standard-bearers in the industry, and it’s what makes a day like today so truly heartbreaking. An overwhelming majority of today’s reductions were in the form of furloughs, and so it is with expectant anticipation that upon moving beyond this terrible pandemic we will have the opportunity to welcome back most of our highly valued team members.”
The Anaheim Ducks played their final game of the 2019-20 season at Honda Center on March 12th. Initially, Henry and Susan Samueli continued to pay both full and part-time employees workers their wages through the end of March 31st. Then at the beginning of April, they informed part-time employees that they will be paid for rescheduled, postponed, or canceled events through June 30, 2020
Once June rolled around, the owners initiated pay cuts ranging from 20 to 25 percent for their full-time staff who make $75,000 or more. About 500 employees in total were affected. Those who make under $75,000 a year did not have their salary lowered. Fast forward to December and after more than 8 months of no events at Honda Center, the owners had to layoff and furlough employees with the continued financial strain of 2020.
The AHL is planning to start up their next season on February 5th and the NHL is aiming for a January 1st start, which seems unlikely at this time. It is also unclear what the NHL season will look like. There have been plenty of discussions recently and it seems like a shortened season, possibly 48 games, is likely for the next NHL season.
2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, hopefully, 2021 will be better.
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December 1st, 2020