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Giants reportedly will pay full-time non-baseball employees through September

The team will also furlough some part-time employees.

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We’re nearly two months past when the San Francisco Giants were supposed to open the 2020 MLB season by facing the Los Angeles Dodgers. And even if the rosiest proposal comes through, we’re still a month and a half away from the season getting underway.

The coronavirus has taken the MLB season from us, and while that’s far from the biggest concern with a pandemic, the financial implications are staggering. According to a report from ESPN, Patrick Rishe, the director of the sports business program at Washington University in St. Louis has estimated that MLB is losing $75 million a day in earnings every day that the sport is on hold.

So there’s a bit of uncertainty and economic fear rippling through baseball.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Hank Schulman reported that the Giants are guaranteeing pay through September for all of their full-time employees that are not on the baseball side. This includes roughly 350 employees, and covers roles like media relations, ticket sales, and corporate partnerships.

Schulman did not yet know if there were similar securities for baseball roles, such as minor league coaches as amateur scouts. He also reported that employees making in excess of $75,000 annually will be taking a pay cut.

It’s unclear how this impacts part-time employees, though Schulman reported that at least some of them have been informed that they will be furloughed starting on June 1.

It’s also unclear what, if anything, the Giants are doing to support the roughly 1,000 part-time employees who handle game day operations, such as ticket takers, security personnel, and food vendors. The Giants — along with MLB’s 29 other teams — pledged $1 million towards those workers when the season was first suspended. However, we’ve long since passed the point where those funds would have covered the loss of games and work opportunities.