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Madison Square Garden sent a memo that stated event-driven employees -- such as those who work at MSG on game nights for the Knicks and Rangers -- will be paid through the next pay period, ending March 22, as the NBA and NHL navigate the coronavirus crisis.
Both NHL and NBA seasons are currently suspended. It is unclear when -- or if -- either season will resume. This leaves arena workers who are paid wages for working Knicks and Rangers games without a paycheck.
MSG said in the memo, obtained by SNY, that it is working to develop longer-term plans to support its entire work force. That work force includes event-night staff at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theater and the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
In the memo, MSG said it is also working to establish a relief fund to help those administrative and event-driven employees "facing a range of personal hardships" due to the coronavirus.
"We are truly in this together," the memo said.
The memo also said that MSG is working to develop a formula to ensure that workers who were on track to be eligible for benefits will get those benefits.
Multiple NBA teams -- including the Nets -- have stated publicly that they will cover arena workers' wages for all of the game nights they'll miss during closures for coronavirus. The Knicks haven't disclosed plans publicly, but have said that they are working on a long-term plan for the workers, as the memo states.