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Orlando Magic ownership pledges up to $2 million for hourly workers

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The DeVos family’s compensation fund covers the Orlando Magic, Amway Center, Lakeland Magic and Orlando Solar Bears

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Many owners around the NBA have stepped up to compensate hourly employees during the NBA’s suspension for the COVID-19 outbreak. On Monday, the Orlando Magic did the same in a big way.

The organization announced that the DeVos family has pledged up to $2 million for a compensation fund that will compensate the approximately 1,800 hourly employees of the Orlando Magic, Amway Center, Lakeland Magic and Orlando Solar Bears for games missed through the regular season.

“The people behind our teams are family to us and it’s our honor to provide assistance to those adversely impacted during this trying time,” Dan DeVos, Magic chairman, said in a statement.

When Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins met with the media on Monday to discuss concerns about the team and the outbreak, he said the Magic would do right by their employees as the organization has in situations like lockouts.

“As stated last week, the DeVos family has a history of stepping up during challenging times,” Martins said in Monday’s statement.” Today is no different. If someone is losing a paycheck because we are not playing, they will be fairly compensated.”

Magic players will also be providing additional financial assistance.

Great job by Magic ownership and players. It’s some much-needed positive news during a time when there has been little of it across the globe.

Now to find a way to assist the eateries, pubs and businesses that surround the arena and depend on the weekly foot traffic and business that the events bring to the area. Many on social media have suggested buying gift cards to to your favorite restaurants and stores to help them through what will be a very challenging time. Sounds like a great idea if you have the means.

Stay safe, everyone.