Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 at 9:50 am  |  9 responses

Bobcats, Pistons Laying Staff off During NBA Lockout

The people most hurt by the NBA lockout aren’t the players or the owners (or even the fans); it’s the team employees. Just ask the recently-fired folks in Charlotte and Detroit. The AP reports: “With the NBA lockout less than two weeks old, at least two NBA teams have begun cutting staff. One of the first to resort to layoffs: Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats. Radio play-by-play announcer Scott Lauer was one of at least seven employees let go by the Bobcats in the past week. A person familiar with the situation says the Detroit Pistons fired 15 people two weeks ago. The person, who wasn’t authorized to speak about the team’s moves, spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. The job losses come as NBA owners have locked out the players after failing to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, shutting down the league for what could be a protracted work stoppage that threatens the start of the 2011-12 season.”

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  • jasondolemite

    Jordan’s so shrewd…..

  • LA Huey

    “It’s a business, you aint gone too far to see that” – Common Sense

  • MikeC.

    Now we’re getting into the real hurt. The owners and players have so much money it’s obscene. Supply and demand sets their salaries, so it is what it is. Now people that make regular people money are losing their jobs. Can the guy that delivers mail in the office take his talents to Turkey?


    *SMH* MY HEART GOES OUT to the little guy who delivers mail in the office. I hope he can deliver pizzas for a lil while to hold things together. jk lol

  • Sean B

    Cry me a river, a radio guy gets fired during the offseason. Once the NBA is back these people probably get their jobs back. Who cares?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The owners voluntarily took an action that cost their employees their jobs.
    Just to be clear.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Sucks for those employees and you have to feel for them. But let’s remind ourselves…this is a business. What do you want the owners to do? Pay those guys to sit around the empty arena? I can’t say I necessarily blame them, although it’s a sad situation.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    MJ should take some of his gambling money and keep those seven employees around. Also Pistons suck, but letting 15 people go, means they did not use their money right. BOOK IT!!!

  • LP

    But, But…do they fire staff during every offseason??? its just 2 weeks in… and “THE SEED” is right, when u let 15 people go, that means you are mismanaging some money. Those people can’t make more than 60K a year,they could have at least kept them until the season started losing games.