Sharks to pay SAP Center part-time employees impacted by coronavirus halt


The Sharks are joining a growing list of professional sports organizations that will do right by their employees during the coronavirus outbreak that has paused the sports world. 

Sharks Sports & Entertainment will pay all their part-time SAP Center employees who were scheduled to work this month for both Sharks and Barracuda games, a spokesman told the Mercury News' Curtis Pashelka Friday. 

The Sharks were scheduled to play three games at home in March, while the Barracuda had two. 

Both the NHL and AHL, along with the NBA, MLB, MLS, NCAA and PGA Tour, suspended their season Thursday amid the coronavirus outbreak that has hit countries all over the world. 

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The Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks of the NBA all have said they will pay their employees as well. Cavaliers star Kevin Love and Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo both are giving $100,000 to help those workers affected. 

The World Health Organization labeled coronavirus as a pandemic Wednesday. 

As of Friday, more than 1,300 cases have been discovered in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control, state and local governments and NBC News reporting.

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