Joining in the efforts of teams around the NBA, the Phoenix Suns will cover part-time and hospitality staff during the league’s hiatus, a source familiar with the team’s plans told me.
The Suns will pay workers for all shifts related to the team’s six remaining home games as well as concerts and events, such as this weekend’s canceled Disney On Ice tour stop, for the foreseeable future. The team will then ensure scheduled workers are also placed back on the schedule when and if postponed events are put on.
Such postponed events include the March 15 Post Malone concert. This week, LiveNation and AEG announced all their shows would be postponed. Without consistent work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the federal government appears set to place the United States in a state of emergency, the Suns want to make sure their staff are set financially.
I expect the Suns will announce soon what season-ticket holders and those who purchased single-game tickets for one of the postponed contests can expect regarding those events.
Commissioner Adam Silver announced Thursday night on TNT that the league’s suspension would last at least a month, though reports suggest games might not come back until at least May 1, if not later.