The 76ers’ Salary Reduction Plan Didn’t Even Last 24 Hours

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

All of that negative publicity resulted in this:

We have a full statement from Josh Harris here:

Our commitment has been to do our best to keep all of our employees working through this very difficult situation. As part of an effort to do that we asked salaried employees to take a temporary 20% pay cut while preserving everyone’s full benefits — and keeping our 1500 hourly workers paid throughout the regular season. After listening to our staff and players, it’s clear that was the wrong decision. We have reversed it and will be paying these employees their full salaries. This is an extraordinary time in our world – unlike any most of us have ever lived through before – and ordinary business decisions are not enough to meet the moment. To our staff and fans, I apologize for getting this wrong.

This was really just a staggered furlough, with employees only working four-day weeks, so it wasn’t like they were logging the same amount of hours and only being paid 80%.

Still, the feedback was so strong that the Sixers decided to scrap their temporary salary reduction less than 24 hours after it was first leaked to the press. That goes down as a colossal fuck up attributed to team ownership, and a rare example of Twitter bullying actually resulting in something positive.

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12 Responses

  1. And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids!

  2. BLITZER/HARRIS/RUBIN. What do they have in common????
    And they wonder why so many people hate them????
    There’s a reason they don’t believe in heaven because they would never make it. A pox on their homes

    1. Yeah sure, heartless rich a-holes are only from one religion… Your “theory” ends at Scott O’Neill, numb nuts.

      1. He isn’t an owner. By the way, he’s a Mormon, which is a cult which demands 10% of your earnings go to the church. A church which doesn’t allow non-members inside.

  3. All those employees are going to be even more pissed off when layoffs happen now since salaries weren’t scaled back. Take ur pick, I’d rather the lesser of the 2 evils and take a small hit then unemployment…

  4. FYI- Delaware North, the company that owns and manages TD Garden is laying off 68 full-time workers and indefinitely reducing salaries for up to 82 people. This is not just a Philly thing.

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