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Grizzlies lay off seven employees

Posted on: September 22, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 5:00 pm
Posted by Royce Young

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.

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.

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?

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.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:24 pm

Grizzlies lay off seven employees

Grizzlies lay off seven employees

I can see why thier doing it. But employees could go to work and do something. I know that they can't talk to NBA players about deals, etc, but they can group together with the facts and something about how they can improve the market, finances and what players they would like to take a look at when or if the lock-out ends. They can also go scout college players, They can take andvantage of the lockout looking at the future instead of the present.

I know its just business but some people have lives to live, now if other teams start laying off employee's too, what kind of loyalty are they showing thier employee's. I seen in the article that it says they have the opportunity to return to work to work whenever the league
s labor dispute is resolved but what about their employee's life they are changing. Some people depend on that the owners not showing loyalty what makes them think the employee's wll come back to them , or go to a team who will hire them and show loyalty.

But overall the lockout is a bad and good thing, it can improve the NBA or it can break it.

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2011 9:40 pm

Grizzlies lay off seven employees

So according to Royce teams should continue to pay employees to show up to work and do crosswords.  The NBA players and owners are taking huge hits right now.  To anyone paying attention this wont make much difference in their view.

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