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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Angels will furlough non-playing employees on June 1

The Los Angeles Angels have informed non-playing employees of furloughs that will be implemented at the start of June and will affect nearly every department of the organization. Members of the front office, analytics department, scouting staff, and the vast majority of those involved with their minor league system—including coaches, coordinators and player-development support staff—will be impacted.

The Angels say they have not instituted any layoffs and will be paying for employees’ health care through either the end of the year or the end of their contracts, the latter situation applying to Uniform Employee Contracts that were set to expire this October. The team also set up an assistance fund, which is currently at $1 million, in order to provide grants on a needs basis. Major league coaches have not been affected but some senior-level baseball-operations employees have also taken pay reductions, some of them up to 35 percent.

The Angels previously committed $1.2 million to cover more than 1,800 people who work at their stadium and were also among the many teams that were committed to paying baseball-operations employees through the end of May.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2020 at 08:11 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mayor Blomberg Posted: May 24, 2020 at 12:29 PM (#5953233)
Arte Moreno, pobrecito, has only $3.3B to make it through the season on. Chin up, buckaroo.
   2. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 24, 2020 at 02:16 PM (#5953243)
"Non-playing employees." If the players didn't have a union, you'd be seeing playing employees getting cut, too.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 24, 2020 at 03:12 PM (#5953250)
Gutting the analytics & scouting areas ahead of the draft, and open season on those undrafted free agents, seems penny wise and pound foolish, at best. Might take some time to recover (the rest of Mike Trout’s prime?) from that, even as MLB ‘returns to normalcy’. Still, Arte Moreno has some competition for the MLB owner shafting the most people during the pandemic - Orioles Release 37 Minor Leaguers. Can’t risk a pittance toward non-prospects affecting the bottom line.
   4. McCoy Posted: May 24, 2020 at 03:23 PM (#5953252)
Playing employees are taking a cut as well
   5. The Duke Posted: May 24, 2020 at 04:04 PM (#5953261)
Reporters have said arte has been the most vocal about players taking a bigger cut in order to resume without fans. Perhaps arte has a sense where this is all headed.

This is a sport that is generating zero revenue right now. I’m surprised they havent been far more direct about this across the whole league.

I’m more pessimistic by the day that we see baseball this year
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 24, 2020 at 04:14 PM (#5953266)

This is a sport that is generating zero revenue right now

I have been curious about this. Would the TV deals not be paying teams money right now? My understanding is that the RSNs are already collecting the carriage fees, and make adjustments at the end of the year based on number of games played (Sinclair said this during an earnings call). Would they not have a similar arrangement with MLB teams where they pay on a regular basis, then get a rebate at the end of the year since we don't know how many games will be played and when? For some reason I can't imagine money is paid on a per-game basis (what about rainouts?), but maybe it is.

In any case, teams with an equity stake in RSNs are still making some money, since they are still collecting carriage fees and some advertising dollars.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 24, 2020 at 04:38 PM (#5953271)
I don’t believe I’ve received any refund on Extra Innings™️, or even any communication about what the plan is. Similarly, no word from the cable company about any refunds for lack of normal content on the MLB Network, MASN, ESPN, or Fox, so I’m skeptical that MLB “is generating zero revenue right now”. MLB is also pushing merchandise via almost daily e-mails.
   8. The Duke Posted: May 24, 2020 at 06:20 PM (#5953284)
Receiving money today which you know will he trued-up, rebated, returned is not revenue. It is cash (today) and of course negative cash later. Season tickets are being refunded. MLB subscriptions will be refunded eventually.

Good question as to whether cable will now have to refund. I suspect not but I bet they aren’t obligated to pay MLB either

I don’t think the clubs have any real revenue except maybe sporting goods (jerseys cups etc). That has to be de minimus
   9. McCoy Posted: May 24, 2020 at 06:50 PM (#5953290)
I'm sure people have bought some shirts and stuff.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 24, 2020 at 07:53 PM (#5953294)
The Washington Nationals are only minutes away from sending me details on their EXCLUSIVE Season Plan Holder World Series ring. They might make some profit on that.
   11. winnipegwhip Posted: May 24, 2020 at 08:00 PM (#5953295)
I wonder how much revenue is generated through Grapefruit and Cactus league games? Some of that can be considered earned revenue.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: May 24, 2020 at 08:07 PM (#5953296)
I'm sure people have bought some shirts and stuff.

Seems the team-branded face masks at a mere $8 per mask are flying off the shelves. As most of you probably know, I am not making this up

Gutting the analytics & scouting areas ahead of the draft, and open season on those undrafted free agents, seems penny wise and pound foolish,

The draft is in two weeks, this work has been done. Heck given no new stats to track, no new video to watch and no other analytics work to have been doing, this work could have been completed by mid-April.

   13. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: May 26, 2020 at 01:32 PM (#5953575)
Technically, they're all non-playing employees, aren't they...?

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