Nets to pay Barclays Center staff during season stoppage

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BROOKLYN — The Brooklyn Nets have a plan in place to pay part-time arena workers at Barclays Center as the NBA season has come to a hault due to the coronavirus.

The team announced Saturday that they’re committing to provide relief to hourly employees for checks they would have earned if the Nets and non-Nets events — including concerts and New York Islanders games — were to go on as scheduled. The plan will cover now until the end of May, unless events are rescheduled before that.

“It is our goal to alleviate the hit to household cash flow from work stoppage for people impacted so they can pay for necessary expenses such as rent, utilities, food and daily necessities,” said Senior VP of Communications Mandy Gutman. “We want to let our Barclays Center staff know that nobody is left behind and we are in this together.”

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