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Aramark’s Public Relations Strategy is to Ignore All Emails and Phone Calls

Kevin Kinkead - March 30, 2020

It’s not our place to tell private sector businesses how to operate during a crisis. We’re in a shit situation here, and if companies need to lay off workers or cut costs or implement furloughs, then so be it. That’s their prerogative.

The thing with Aramark, which employs food service workers down at The Wells Fargo Center and other Philadelphia arenas, is that they haven’t returned any emails or phone calls since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Compare that to Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment and Comcast-Spectacor, who not only have responded to media inquiries but agreed to pay the folks who work Sixers, Flyers, and Wings games in South Philly. The decision to help those hourly workers during a difficult time was met with wide praise from the local sports community.

For the time being, ticket takers, ushers, security guards, and part-time game night Sixers staffers will receive money while the arena is shut down, but the folks who deliver food to your seat or make the concourse cheesesteaks are shit out of luck. That resulted last week in Unite Here Local 274, the union representing those workers, sharing a letter from city council addressed to executives with the Sixers, Eagles, Flyers, and Phillies, asking them if they can “work cooperatively” with Aramark to help these people out.

I’ve tried emailing and calling Aramark over the course of 14 days now and haven’t heard anything back. The extent of their Coronavirus PR strategy appears to be a couple of website links, one that brings you to a resource page for associates with a blurb reading this way:

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Local Athletes Join Ben Simmons’ “Philly Pledge” to Raise Money for Coronavirus Fight

Kevin Kinkead - March 30, 2020

Friday, Sixers’ star Ben Simmons launched an initiative called “Philly Pledge” to direct Coronavirus donations to two worthwhile groups.

One of those is Philabundance, the hunger relief organization that you’re probably familiar with. The non-profit distributes food to almost 100,000 people in the Delaware Valley each week. The second is PHL COVID-19, which is described as such on the Philly Pledge website:

PHL COVID-19, has been set up as a direct response to help the nonprofit sector continue to do what they do best – assist at risk community groups such as the elderly, disabled, homeless and economically disadvantaged through a range of essential social services.

Already, local athletes from a variety of sports have joined Simmons in donating to these causes.

Among them are Scott Kingery:

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Major League Baseball Establishes Guidelines for Return to Play

Kevin Kinkead - March 27, 2020

ESPN’s Jeff Passan, who has great taste in music:


That caveat basically nullifies bullet point one, so I’m not really sure it makes sense, nor do I imagine we’ll meet those bullet points anytime soon.

Just a hunch, but baseball begins in empty stadiums later this summer. That’s my guess.

It’s Phillies Opening Day; Here’s the Stay-at-Home Programming Schedule

Kevin Kinkead - March 26, 2020

We made it to opening day!

Unfortunately there’s no baseball because of the Coronavirus, so that sucks.

In lieu of games that mean something, MLB and its 30 teams are loading up the slate using the #OpeningDayAtHome hashtag, which links us to replays of classic games and other cool items.

Here are some of the Phillies-related things that are on deck:

  • 9 a.m. – replay of Bryce Harper’s walkoff grand slam against the Cubs (Phillies website and MLB Twitter)
  • 4:10 p.m. – Rhys Hoskins takes on Miguel Rojas in MLB The Show (Phillies Youtube page)
  • 6 p.m. – replay of the Signing Harper Documentary (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
  • 7 p.m. – replay of Roy Halladay’s 2010 perfect game (NBC Sports Philadelphia)

And here’s some of the national stuff MLB is showing:

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Stadium Complex Food Service Workers Are Asking for Help

Kevin Kinkead - March 25, 2020

Two Fridays ago, Comcast Spectacor and the 76ers announced that they’d be paying employees who work at the Wells Fargo Center for a period of time during the Coronavirus crisis. That includes game night staff, ticket takers, ushers, security, and other personnel who fall within the Comcast or Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment umbrella.

It leaves a portion of arena workers uncovered, however, the group that works in food and concessions and is employed by Aramark. We contacted Aramark for information regarding these employees and didn’t receive a response.

Fast forward about 12 days and here’s a video and statement from UNITE HERE local 274, which is the union representing the food service workers:

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We Can Use Doubleheaders to Balance the MLB Schedule Without Running Players Into the Ground

Kevin Kinkead - March 25, 2020

Let’s do a theoretical here:

Pick an arbitrary date for the start of the MLB season, like June 1st. Say we just start the year at that point, pick up the schedule there, and play a shortened campaign.

Any issues? Problems?

You’d save yourself the headache of rescheduling, but the standings would be unbalanced due to the loss of divisional games, which would have to be weighted or worked into the back-end of the calendar somehow. The Phillies are set to play six divisional series between now and June 1st, which would be lost in our theoretical scenario.

One of possible solutions to reworking the schedule is to play doubleheaders, which Jeff Passan writes about in a story posted to ESPN this morning:

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Noah Syndergaard Will Reportedly Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Kevin Kinkead - March 24, 2020

Terrible news for the Mets…

…and good news for Atlanta, Philly, Florida, and Washington batters, who won’t have to face the former All Star.

If you’re really missing baseball, I have a video you can watch, after the jump:

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Crossing Broadcast: Eagles Make Moves, Sports Media, Pinching Pennies

Russ Joy - March 24, 2020

Kevin, Anthony, Bob, and Russ address the impact of COVID-19 on the sports media landscape and if The Athletic and subscriber model outlets can survive. The guys then discuss whether the layoff will help the Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers by allowing injured players more time to recover before gearing back up. The guys also recap every Howie Roseman move this offseason including the acquisitions of Javon Hargrave and Darius Slay, along with the departure of Malcolm Jenkins. They also touch on an apparent change of heart by Josh Harris and Co. Plus, the guest edition of 50 Hottest Takes.

*This episode of Crossing Broadcast is brought to you by DraftKings Sportsbook and Odd Logic Brewing Co. 

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