Kings, Lakers, Clippers create fund for Staples Center employees

Tourist stand under umbrellas in rain outside Staples Center, home to hockey's Los Angeles Kings and basketball's Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Sparks. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

Three teams that call the Staples Center home are teaming up to help part-time staff at the arena during the pause in sports due to the COVID-19 virus.

The NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers announced Saturday that a fund had been set up to help arena employees impacted by the shutdowns.

According to a joint statement, “payments from the fund will be distributed to more than 2,800 active hourly event staff which includes ushers, security officers, ticket sellers, ticket takers, parking attendants, merchandise staff, food and beverage employees, housekeeping and operations staff and stagehands, among others.”

Additionally, 7,000 pounds of food from the Staples Center that would have gone to waste due to the cancellations were donated to two local missions on Friday.

This move by the L.A. based teams is the latest instance of teams and players from across professional sports making financial contributions to help workers impacted by the shutdown, including the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, the Florida Panthers’ Sergei Bobrovsky, and Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment.

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