According to two separate tweets from Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic and Mark Segraves of NBC4, Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis will pay Capital One Arena employees scheduled to work the 16 events that have been canceled in March.
Another report says that if a Capitals game that was supposed to be played in March is later rescheduled and played in April or May, employees will also be paid for working those events even if they had been already paid for the canceled date in March.
According to Washington Post Sports reporter Candace Buckner, Leonsis said, "Over the years, obviously, [part-time arena workers] have grown to count on those dollars and when we made the announcement to stop NHL games, NBA games, all concerts we had to have great levels of empathy for those people."
It is not exactly clear at the moment which specific workers will be paid although it is assumed that ushers, greeters and ticketing workers are implied. Some other workers at the events are independent contractors.
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