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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at 11:45 am  |  15 responses

NBA Lockout to ‘Devastate’ Arena Workers?


According to the president of a union that represents NBA arena workers in California, should the League shut down operations for the entirety of the 2011-’12 season, the results would be quite devastating for his membership. From the LA Times: “The nation’s 29 NBA arenas and their workers are bracing for a loss of revenue and wages totaling tens of millions of dollars if the labor dispute between NBA owners and players leads to most or all of the 2011-12 season being canceled. The situation is particularly acute at Staples Center in Los Angeles, because it’s home to two NBA teams, the Lakers and Clippers. While the other NBA arenas each host 41 regular-season home games a year, Staples Center has 82. ‘It’s going to devastate these workers,; said Mike Garcia, president of the SEIU-United Service Workers West union, with nearly 1,000 members working at the three NBA arenas in California: Staples Center, Oracle Arena in Oakland and Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento. ‘They have become very dependent on these jobs,’ he said. The workers include janitors, ushers and ticket-takers who earn about $11 an hour on average. An additional 700 food-service workers at Staples Center would be idled if Lakers and Clippers games were scrapped, said Tom Walsh, president of Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 11, the workers’ union. A canceled NBA season also would be a huge financial hit to the food-service companies that employ them, such as Levy Restaurants, which operates in 17 NBA arenas, including the three in California.”

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  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Is this also the player’s fault? I find it funny that the owners are to blame for this mess yet no one in the media wants to place the blame on them.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/670447-dwight-howard-and-andrew-bogut-a-tale-of-two-2011-all-nba-defensive-centers nbk

    Finally, this is why the lockout is so bad, atleast this isn’t another article about how a 10 year NBA veteran isn’t broke.

  • dma

    Well if you factor in the 4 games that the clippers and Lakers play each other, there’s only 80.where are the fact checkers?

  • HAMMER

    These are the real people who get hurt, and tend 2 be forgotten, in this mess. Way 2 go owners and players!

  • bike

    It’s called Collateral Damage.

  • EtheKnickFan

    The real workers.

  • EtheKnickFan

    This fight is Billionaires v Millionaires not Thousandaires v hundredaires. Shame.

  • Keitha

    we will be damage. I been at my arena for 9years I wish this lockout end. Any more game cancel there go my kids christmas I love my job. Right now it’s hard to find another job. I’m on a fix income. My a mother of 3. This lockout need to end. I know the players need to get pay so do we..

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    I get why Millionaires fighting Billionaires irks the general public, but this isn’t really the fault of anyone in the NBA. The ushers and janitors worked for a giant arena, not the players or owners. They get their $11/hour whether the Lakers are playing the Heat or Disney on Ice rolls through town. If nothings happening, you’re not going to work… Yes, it sucks and someone rich should step in if they had human emotion, but there is no shame in this. You’re telling me if you made 10 million a year, you’d take a few million dollars paycut because 700 workers making $11/hour need to find a second source of income?

  • ALEX80

    It’s a a shme when greedy owners and players fight zillions of dollars, when the workers just want their p/h wage.

  • andy

    All blame for losing a season goes squarely on the owners. They have locked the players out. It is not a strike and the players not turning up.

    That said they should have never given these … money.

  • http://www.freerice.com freerice

    1982 is very dumb

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    11 dollars an hour?? I think THIS workers union might want to lock-out when the teams get back and get a share of the BPI as well… 11 dollars…. thats the real under paid group right there!>!>

  • Morgan

    @dma – they both still play 41 home games each, of the 4 lakers v clippers contests 2 are clippers home games and 2 are lakers home games. The article is accurate.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Freerice, care to explain yourself, or should I wait until you graduate high school?

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