Not even a championship season brings immunity from real life problems. On Wednesday, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that the Dodgers are laying off employees citing the economic impact of the pandemic.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are among the latest baseball teams to implement layoffs as MLB faces the possibility of a second season with limited fan access amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The team informed employees throughout the franchise of layoffs on Wednesday.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) November 19, 2020
Here is the club’s full statement, via Shelburne.
While the Dodgers had a championship season, the organization has not been immune from the widespread economic devastation caused by the coronavirus.
Since March, we have worked hard to minimize the impact on our employees. The ongoing economic crisis, however, forces us to make difficult personnel decisions throughout the organization, going forward for the 2021 season. This is a heartbreaking decision. This year, more than ever, we are truly grateful for the role each member of our Dodgers family plays in our success.
The organization has battled against these tough personnel decisions all year long up to this point. Last month, team president Stan Kasten noted the impact of the pandemic on the club’s bottom line. Moreover, his assessment was that LA’s missed revenue would be “as much as any team or more” thanks to gameday losses on tickets and concessions, among other things.
Notably, the team had cut the salaries of some of its highest paid front office members earlier in the year to combat wholesale layoffs. Now the Dodgers will cut an undisclosed number of employees for at least the time being.