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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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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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Snow The Goalie: The Positivity Podcast

Russ Joy - March 24, 2020

Anthony and Russ react to potentially good news coming out of the Board of Governors meeting, including some positivity that the NHL and NHLPA are planning on finishing the regular season in addition to the playoffs. The guys discuss the downside for bottom-dwelling teams and what motivation middle of the pack teams would have for the rumored plans. They also analyze whether it would be smart to decouple their season and playoffs from the NBA. Plus, Anthony’s grandpa winning a bocce game, the Flyers sign Tanner Laczynski, the radio/podcast bracket fallout, and how the guys would program classic game coverage on TV.

*This episode of Snow The Goalie is brought to you by DraftKings Sportsbook and Odd Logic Brewing Co. 

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The Flyers Are Allowing Fans to Defer Season Ticket Payments

Kevin Kinkead - March 20, 2020

The Coronavirus nonsense coincides with the time period in which NHL and NBA teams are doing season ticket renewals and playoff sales.

As such, the Flyers and Sixers are trying to come up with solutions that make sense, and this week the local hockey team emailed ticket holders announcing that they’d allow deferment of STH payments.

Here’s part of the email that was sent out:

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Gritty Made an Appearance on Jeopardy

Kevin Kinkead - March 17, 2020

Remember when the Flyers were dog shit and all we had was Gritty?

Fast forward a year or two and you have the team playing fantastic hockey, then the Coronavirus shuts everything down, which means that once again all we have is Gritty. It’s rather depressing.

The orange mascot made an appearance on Jeopardy last night, not allegedly punching a 13-year-old in the back, but as a question to one of the answers:

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Snow The Goalie: Where Do We Go From Here?

Russ Joy - March 16, 2020

Anthony and Russ offer their thoughts on the NHL’s decision to “pause” the season, when we might see hockey return, and whether or not Gary Bettman made the right call. They guys reflect on the way the Coronavirus has impacted their communities. When hockey returns, will the league will forego the regular season in favor of a 24-team playoff tournament? Flyers forward Derek Grant joins the show (video here). Finally, the guys read off some 5-star reviews.

*This episode of Snow The Goalie is brought to you by DraftKings Sportsbook and Odd Logic Brewing Co. 

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Comcast-Spectacor Will Pay Game-Day Employees During Shutdown

Kevin Kinkead - March 13, 2020

Looks like the part-time/hourly folks who work at the Wells Fargo Center are going to be taken care of during the Coronavirus shutdown.

Via Comcast Corporate Communications, all game-day employees who were originally scheduled to work Flyers, Sixers, and Wings games will be paid their scheduled hours through the end of March. 

For reference, there were seven Sixers games, five Flyers games, and two Wings games scheduled for the rest of this month, so employees will be paid what they would have worked during those 14 events. The Sixers announced earlier today that they would also be paying the part-time employees who do their basketball games down at the Wells Fargo Center.

The only employees not covered so far are those who work for Aramark (food, concourse), so I’ll see if they have a statement about getting those folks paid during the shutdown. I’m honestly not sure how many workers they oversee, so we’ll try to get that cleared up.

Sarcastic Kevin Hayes Not Into Sam Carchidi Joke

Kevin Kinkead - March 13, 2020

The NHL suspended play on Thursday, right in the middle of the best run the Flyers have been on in quite a while.

A short time after the league made that announcement, the analytics site “Money Puck” ran data on playoff and championship projections, and the Flyers finished at the top with a 13.6% chance of winning the Stanley Cup:

99.9% chance for the Flyers to make the playoffs. 23.1% chance to go to the finals. Maybe you’re a data person or maybe you aren’t.

Anyway, Inquirer writer Sam Carchidi quote tweeted that with a Claude Giroux joke and Kevin Hayes responded with this:

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