ESPN's Emily Kaplan reported Tuesday that the NHL will temporarily cut wages for its league office by 25 percent starting April 1.
The reduction is in response to financial losses the league is enduring because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 45-day marker arrives on April 30 and will be used as a check-in time to see if there is enough information to determine a timeline for training camp, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
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Also Tuesday, the owner of the Montreal Canadiens announced it will lay off employees. A statement on the team's website said the decision "was necessary given the significant impact the pandemic has had on the sports and entertainment industries".
Groupe CH has established a $ 6 million assistance fund that will help pay employees 80 percent of their base salary over the next eight weeks, meaning the layoffs effectively translate into another 20 percent pay cut.
While the NHL is the first league to take such a step, the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers, which are under the same ownership, put in place something similar. Co-owner Josh Harris said his group had a change of heart.
HBSE co-owner Josh Harris said in a statement: "Our commitment has been to do our best to keep all of our employees working through this very hard situation".
"As part of an effort to do that we asked salaried employees to take a temporary 20 percent pay cut while preserving everyone's full benefits - and keeping our 1500 hourly workers paid throughout the regular season".
The NHL announced that they have instructed their players and staff to extend self quarantine for another 10 days to continue to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have reversed it and we will pay these employees their full wages. "To our staff and fans, I apologize for getting this wrong".