Monumental Sports and Entertainment announced on Thursday morning that their part-time employees will be paid for suspended games through April when the Washington Capitals and Wizards’ respective regular seasons were scheduled to end. They are also telling full-time staff to prepare as if the NBA and NHL seasons were to resume after both leagues paused two weeks ago due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“Our ownership group and leadership team are in total agreement that this is the right thing to do,” said Monica Dixon, MSE chief administrative officer and president of external affairs.
The company already committed to paying part-time staff for 15 scheduled games and events in March. There were five games that were originally scheduled to take place at Capital One Arena in April.
850 MSE part-time staff will get paid by a total of $1.2 million for the games they were supposed to help out in.
“The entire MSE family is focused on preparing for when we eventually come back,” Dixon said. “We are going to come out of this better and stronger because we have the strength and depth on our team to weather this crisis.”
All events at Capital One Arena have been postponed until further notice. The CDC issued a recommendation two weeks ago that no mass gatherings should be held for two months, which would set up for a return of both leagues around May 10 if the NHL and NBA seasons resumed. The NHL and AHL are only two of many hockey leagues around the planet that haven’t canceled at least the remainder of the regular season.
“Every league and every team has its own set of individual circumstances, and must act accordingly,” Dixon said. “For Monumental Sports & Entertainment, we are operating simply in a paused state of play for our regular season and playoffs, and we intend to come back as a fully functioning organization to complete this season.”
By Harrison Brown