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Orlando arena workers turn to non-profit for help

Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:44 pm
Posted by Royce Young

We've all heard or at least thought about the collateral damage done during the lockout. Downtown economies, restaraunts, bars and the thousands of arena employees that make game nights possible.

It's been easy to invoke those employees as a reason to settle the lockout, whether it's legit concern or not. Players have taken to Twitter to apologize to them about them missing paychecks, but you don't really see them doing much about it (Danny Granger excluded).

The blight of the arena worker has been something people talk about, a topic of this lockout. But how is it really affecting them? Like more than just saying, 'What about the arena workers!?!" how is the lockout hurting those that rely on that second (or primary) job for income to get by. Consider this story from the Orlando Sentinel:

In addition to some concerts and a few other events, about 1,000 people worked inside the arena on Orlando Magic game days and game nights. Those folks were employed as security guards, ushers, ticket-takers, vendors, cashiers, parking-lot attendants and waitresses and waiters. Some jobs paid minimum wage, but that income often supplemented the money people earned at their day jobs.

But the ongoing NBA lockout is taking its toll.

“These are the people that greet us with a smile,” said Pastor Scott George, who runs the Community Food & Outreach Center, a nonprofit that is offering help to game-night workers.

“They hand us our ticket. They hand us our hot dog and Coke. They clean up after we leave. And, now, they are the forgotten people that no one is talking about.”

George estimated that between 40 and 75 game-night workers have used the Community Food & Outreach Center’s services over the last few weeks. He said he’s unsure of the exact number because some game-night workers are afraid that if they say something, they might not be able to go back to their jobs when the lockout ends.

If there had been no work stoppage, the Magic would have played four preseason exhibitions at home in October and would have hosted their regular-season opener last night.

That’s five nights of work — and, now, five nights of lost wages.

You see that? This is real. This isn't just talk or PR tactic, make-you-feel-bad stuff. This is really happening. Arena workers in Orlando are going to an outreach center to get food for their families because they lost their jobs. ARE YOU KIDDING ME NBA?

Like I said, we all have heard the pleas to think of the poor little ticket taker man, but nobody really thinks about him. Nobody really considers what that person might be going through. Well, in Orlando, that poor little ticket taker man is having to go to an outreach center to get enough food to cover his losses. Because billionaire NBA owners and millionaire NBA players can't settle on how to split up some $4 billion in revenue, that arena employee has to live with the stress of not knowing where he/she is going to get food for their family.

Awesome job everyone involved. You should be real proud of this.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:56 pm

Orlando arena workers turn to non-profit for help

Hey live in the bay?  Not exactly a cheap place to live.  Picture this, you lose your job and you are not qualified for any openings or there are no openings in your community.  You might actually have to find some help.......oh yes, the kind of help that comes from my taxes and/or donations to keep you off the street.  I am quite sure these arena employees did not just sit around and do nothing until today or last week.

You are quite the narrow minded ignorant a@# aren't you?  I hope you know the joy of not being able to provide before you make your critical judgements next time.

You made one good, most of us do not care whether or not the NBA comes back............perhaps you can give up your job to allow someone from the Sac Kings to have a job in your place.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:49 pm

Orlando arena workers turn to non-profit for help

Guess where the money comes from to feed people at not for profit center???? Yes that's right, generous donors that have a heart.  Some of the same people that would pay to see an NBA game.  I feel awful for the arean employees.  I know how hard it is to survive as a family, and we both work.......if we were relying on the NBA to have a season to live, we would be homeless.  Somebody needs to slap everyone around and give them a dose of reality.

I am sure the owner's and most of the players (those that are not idiots), will not be worried whether or not they can keep a roof over their head or where the next meal is coming from.  They will wonder how to give their children a proper Christmas or merely how to keep them warm.

There is a greater responsibility to consider in this..............not handouts, but get your act together and stop the nonsense.  Nobody involved is bigger than the game, find some humility and get to work so others that really need the money can actually get it.

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:02 pm
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Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:27 am

missing the point

Yes it all sucks but if the owners lose money they will pack up and leave anyway.  The Kings, Seattle Supersonics, Clippers, etc.  come on everyone get real.  Its a business, even when this BS lock out ends anywhere from the Indiana Pacers to the Magic are losing money and might pack up to move elsewhere.  Then all the jobs are gone forever. 

You dont think that when Dwight Howard leaves the Magic next year that team will not pack up and move elsewhere one day?   

You fans in Indiana think Reggie Miller can still save the day? Your team is broke.  

Kings, go to there website and it doesn't even show a city they represent.  

The players should have a Thanksgiving dinner for all the workers they put out of work.  NOT the owners, the players.    &nb

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 9:12 am

Orlando arena workers turn to non-profit for help

I love these people telling others to get a job. Particularly rvsquared, who calls for "full disclosure," then makes the assumption these folks are lazy leeches who have gone to the food bank in the past and who haven't bothered to look for a job. Meanwhile, Mr. Full Disclosure doesn't mention one simple fact....THERE ARE NO JOBS!

As for little ceasars, being aware of some of his posts in the past, I'm not surprised this didn't tug at his heartstrings. For that to happen, you need to have a heart.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2011 3:08 am

Bail Out!

the government should bail out all the arena workers with millions in cash from DC!  Just borrow about a hundred million more from the chinese and send it to the 30 teams as "relief" funds --- then when the games start up, start charging $10 for beer and $6 for a hot dog again!!!

Since: Aug 15, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 12:16 am

Orlando arena workers turn to non-profit for help

Do you realize how many people are "5 home games away from the food bank?"  Should all of them go out and find a different job when a perfectly good job gets taken away by greed of others?  Grow up and face reality man.  A lot of people dont have the options you do.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:49 pm

Orlando arena workers turn to non-profit for help

I agree JimF.  It is disgusting to fight over 2%.  THis is why Billy Hunter is such a terrible Players Union president.  The owners offered a very fair 50-50 split and these players are so afraid to empty their pockets for one penny.  It would not be that much of a pay cut.  But the people who work in the arenas are the real scapegoats in all of this.  They lose 41 days of pay a year.  Sure, many of the arenas also host NHL teams, but others like Orlando and Milwaukee and Sacramento do not.  While there may be other events in the arenas like concerts and the circus, each one of these do not take up 41 dates on their own.  A performer comes in for one or maybe 2 shows and the circus is there for about 10 days.  The least these players can do is help out these workers who have lost work dates.  Even without earning a check, they could still help them out and have plenty left over.  But I forgot, they would have no money to live their outrageous lifestyles.  Poor Lebron and DWade, they wouldn't have money to go partying in South Beach.  This is why people are not missing the NBA at all.

little ceasars
Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:37 pm
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Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 6:30 pm

Orlando arena workers turn to non-profit for help

Its good to know that rvsquared knows every single one of the out of work employees and that some of them put effort into finding work and some didn't. Hopefully one day you'll be granted the title of "Almighty Judge" and you can pass your judgement on whomever you see fit.

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