The lockout has caused a number of casualties and I'm not just talking about our wits. The latest is seven employees for the Memphis Grizzlies. Via the Commercial-Appeal:
Seven people were laid off by the franchise although some workers will have an opportunity to return to work whenever the league’s labor dispute is resolved.Gut reaction says that we should all be up in arms over this, but it's just the reality of the situation. There's nothing for these people to do so the teams are laying them off. It happened with the Bobcats announcer and it's happened a couple other places. And the longer the lockout goes, the more this is going to happen. How deep will it go? Will teams start laying off TV announcers? PR directors? Trainers?
Video coordinator Trish McGhee, assistant equipment manager Vince Ford and scouting coordinator Wendy Smith were among the workers relieved of their duties. The Griz also released a receptionist, mail clerk and members of the claim services staff.
What happens invariably every time is a pretty good PR hit to the team that lays off the employees because it looks bad on them to pull their job just because their owner is trying to wrangle a better collective bargaining agreement. But that's life and it's not fair.
And neither is this lockout.