Mavericks to reimburse employees for meals at local establishments

Mark Cuban, governor of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, arrives at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Dallas Mavericks have announced the organization will provide a full reimbursement to employees for breakfast or lunch purchases made at independent local establishments in the region.

“At a time when people may feel the financial strain of business closures, social distancing and more, supporting our local community is even more important,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in a press release. “While encouraging my team to take care of themselves and those around them and to use healthy practices, I also encourage them to support out local north Texas businesses, and I am happy to partner with Dallas Mavericks staff to do so.”

According to the Mavericks’ press release, the plan will be made available to all employees of the Mavericks, as well as Cuban’s other companies and will encompass purchases made from small, local and independent establishments.

The plan also contains a stipulation for takeout and delivery purchases to ensure that if employees are not able to go out due to illness or another cause, they can still participate in the program.

Cuban was among the first NBA owners to advocate for paying part-time and hourly event staff who will be affected financially during the NBA’s current shutdown.

“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 shortly after news of the stoppage broke. “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.”

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