Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown has been outspoken in the past about violence and inequality, and most recently about the death of George Floyd, stating that “Police brutality is an act of terrorism.” Well, now Brown, who is the vice president of the NBA Players Association, has called on others to peacefully protest with him…Celtics’ Jaylen Brown Hopes Others Will Join Him At George Floyd Protest — NESN.com
People making $100K are being treated the same as people making $500K under Boston’s pay cut planRed Sox employees “livid” over team pay cut plan — HardballTalk | NBC Sports
Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.
Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.
Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.
As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.
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RIP to Dolores “Dolly” Brumfield White, who was the Joe Nuxhall of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She started as a 15-year-old in the AAGPBL and spent seven seasons in the league. Her death was announced on May 29 — she had just celebrated her 88th birthday three days prior. White played for the […]Obituary: Delores Brumfield White (1932-2020) — RIP Baseball
Bradley Beal lights up when the rumor mill churns out his name. The Washington Wizards guard addressed trade rumors linking him to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, telling ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan he considers interest in his services as a “sign of respect.” Beal is the NBA’s second-leading scorer, averaging 30.5 points per game in 2019-20,…Wizards’ Bradley Beal Addresses Rumor Of Nets’ Interest In Trade — NESN.com
Sharks forward Evander Kane on Friday called on high profile athletes, especially white superstars in the NHL and other team sports, to speak out about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this week and other racial injustices that have happened in the past. “We need so many more athletes that don’t look like…Evander Kane calls on more high profile athletes to speak out; Sharks owner shows his support — Times-Standard