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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban intends to provide financial support to hourly workers harmed by suspension of NBA season


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The NBA suspended it's season, and it's unclear when or if it will resume games. The most well-known people associated with the league — star players, owners, executives — will take a financial hit, but they'll be more than OK.

The primary victims of the suspension are the many hourly workers associated with teams and arenas. Workers who, when they are unable to work, do not get paid. This could include ushers, vendors, security, and others.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban understands this, and right after the league announced it was suspending the season, he announced his intention to ease the pain on those workers who will be most impacted.

"I reached out to the folks at the arena and our folks at the Mavs to find out what it would cost to support, financially support, people who aren't going to be able to come to work," Cuban said, according to ESPN. "They get paid by the hour, and this was their source of income. So, we'll do some things there. We may ask them to go do some volunteer work in exchange, but we've already started the process of having a program in place. I don't have any details to give, but it's certainly something that's important to me."

Congress is working through issues on a bill that would guarantee paid sick leave for workers during a public health emergency. The bill was introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). The bill was blocked by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), but Alexander said he's willing to continue working with Murray toward a solution.

"The idea of paid sick leave is a good idea. But if Washington, D.C., thinks it's a good idea, Washington, D.C., should pay for it," Alexander, the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said, the Hill reported. "It's not a cure for the coronavirus to put a big new expensive federal mandate on employers who are struggling in the middle of this matter."

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