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After Last Week’s Employee Pay Debacle, Sixers Make Two Coronavirus Relief Effort Donations

Kevin Kinkead - March 30, 2020

Seems like the Sixers have been more active than any of the local teams when it comes to COVID-19 related stuff, for better or worse.

That includes positives like the Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment decision to pay workers at the Prudential Center and Wells Fargo Center. It also includes negatives, like the 24 hour rollercoaster of deafening feedback that resulted in the scrapping of a plan to reduce employee pay.

Josh Harris sent out a statement apologizing for that, even though it’s his company and he can do what he wants. Maybe they messed up when it came to the furlough idea, but they’ve gotten pretty much everything else right, in my opinion, which includes two more initiatives made public today.

First up, we’ve got the School District of Philadelphia announcing that HBSE stepped up to help purchase 10,000 Chromebooks for students:

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Michael Rubin is Using Fanatics Factory to Make Coronavirus Masks and Gowns

Kevin Kinkead - March 26, 2020

Co-owner Michael Rubin was not exempt from criticism when the Sixers went through Tuesday’s public relations rollercoaster, reversing course after initially announcing a plan to temporarily reduce employee pay via staggered furloughs.

Fast forward to today, with Rubin announcing that the Fanatics factory in Easton would be shifting 100 workers to the production of masks and gowns in an effort to help combat the Coronavirus crisis.

Here’s a thread explaining what they’re doing, via Rubin himself:

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

Kevin Kinkead - March 24, 2020

All of that negative publicity resulted in this:

We have a full statement from Josh Harris here:

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Joel Embiid is Donating $500,000 to Coronavirus Relief

Kevin Kinkead - March 24, 2020

This is how you do it:

Now Howard Eskin’s concerns are assuaged.

Need more details, of course, but at surface level this makes Embiid look really good and makes Harris/Blitzer/etc look really bad.

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What a mess this has become –

Mark Cuban Sets Over/Under for NBA Return at June 1st

Kevin Kinkead - March 24, 2020

I made a bet with Kyle last week.

I think one of the NBA, NHL, MLB, or MLS will play a game in an empty arena by June 1st. He thinks this thing will stretch on much longer than that, and the winner of the bet gets $5. This is the easiest money I’ll ever make.

June 1st was just an arbitrary date we picked, but Mavericks owner Mark Cuban seems to be going with 6/1 as well, telling Dallas TV station WFAA that he feels like that’s the over/under point for a return to action.

Speaking via Skype, Cuban said this:

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By Reducing Employee Pay, the Sixers are Taking an Unnecessary Hit in the Goodwill and Optics Department

Kevin Kinkead - March 24, 2020

Monday night, Marc Stein reported that Sixers and Devils at-will employees making more than $50,000 were informed that they would be subject to “temporary salary reductions of up to 20 percent”, a policy that would start on April 15th and continue through June. Stein went on to say that members of the coaching staff and front office were also asked to participate, but cannot be forced to do so.

This caused a huge stir on social media and it’s all over the radio this morning, confirmed by the Sixers in a statement that reads like this:

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Rex Chapman Raised $100,000 in 12 Hours for Coronavirus Relief

Kevin Kinkead - March 23, 2020

You know Rex Chapman, right? He’s the former NBA player and Twitter personality who does the “block or charge” videos. He’ll post a clip of a skateboarder crashing into an elephant and then ask whether the skateboarder should be whistled for charging, or whether the elephant did not have its feet set.

He was a pretty damn good basketball player, and I’m not sure some of his followers even realize that. Rex was a first round draft pick out of Kentucky in 1988 and played for the Hornets, Bullets, Heat, and Suns over a career that lasted 12 years. Chapman did some TV and worked as a scout for a bit after calling it a career.

A few years back, after a shoplifting arrest, he admitted that he had been battling pill addiction for more than 15 years. As such, he began a foundation to help folks dealing with opioid problems, and last night announced that he was partnering that foundation with another Kentucky foundation to raise money for non-profits battling the Coronavirus pandemic:

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Does the Public Have a Right to Know Which Athletes Tested Positive for COVID-19?

Kevin Kinkead - March 23, 2020

Not even a global pandemic can put a stop to Angelo Cataldi’s fake outrage routine.

I thought Angelo might change up his approach during a health crisis, but today he decided to tweet this out:

Alright, I’ll bite.

There’s actually a reasonable question buried in there, a question about privacy vs. public health. But first, some background information:

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