In a press release
put out by the Devils today, Josh Harris, founder of HBSE, the Devils’
ownership group, made a statement pertaining to arena and staff worker’s
He stated that
“as part of an effort” to help all employees working for the Devils and
Prudential Center, salaried employees were to be asked to take “a temporary 20%
pay cut while preserving [their] full benefits.”
They will be
keeping their “1500 hourly workers paid throughout the regular season.”
that “after listening to our staff and players; it’s clear that was the wrong
decision. We have reversed it and will be paying these employees their full
“for getting this wrong” after stating that this is an extraordinary time in
world history “and ordinary business decisions are not enough to meet the moment.”
of this decision is good news. It is certainly not the team employee’s fault
that this pandemic wiped out the season. Much like the arena employees, the
Prudential Center and Devils front office workers are going to be having a
rough time of things financially as the pandemic continues. Cutting their salaries
only hastens anxiety and stress that they do not need.
in regards to the NHL season being suspended due to the COVID-19 virus, the
Devils put out a press release in regards to what fans should do if they have
tickets to Devils events at Prudential Center in the coming month.
They said: “Until
we have certainty and direction from the league, your tickets to the postponed
games will remain valid for the future scheduled makeup dates, if they should
release said that “further information on your options as a Devils ticket
holder has been communicated via email to each ticket holder for all remaining events
during the 2019-20 Devils regular season.”
contact information if you have tickets to a game and need to know more.
Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further
I know that certain shows have rescheduled. The March 25 AEW Dynamite event is
now scheduled for Wednesday, July 22, for instance.
note, Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman is reporting that Devils
owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer are committing “to paying hourly/event staff
for postponed [Devils] games and Prudential Center events.” He tweeted the news
That is fantastic news. In a situation like this, you worry about how the people working at the arena will fare with no events there. Harris and Blitzer really put what they were saying as quoted by Friedman (“Employees are family…it’s important to band together and lift each other up during these times.”) into action. Hopefully other NHL and arena owners are doing similar things as well. It does help in this situation that they own both the team and the building, but still a great move by them no matter what.