MLB Games Lead To Paychecks For Thousands Of New Yorkers
As fans grew tired of the public negotiations between the Major League owners and the MLB Players Association, thousands of New Yorkers were more upset about the money they would personally be losing. When MLB commissioner Rob Manfred officially delayed the season last week, that meant good-bye to a week's paycheck for thousands of New York residents.
According to the New York Mets website, the Mets and Citi Field employ 250 full-time workers, 110 interns and 1200 game-day work staff. That does not include local businesses that have game-day operations. That does not include the hundreds of New York City police officers or the NYC Transit workers assigned to the game. Those numbers go up for games at Yankee Stadium.
For many of these employees, their game-day job is a second job that they count on to make ends meet. Most of the hot dog vendors and beer sellers are hustling from one job to the next. Many of these people work 7 days-a-week during the baseball season. Until yesterday, these workers were terrified that another week's pay, go away. Think about that with the prices of gasoline skyrocketing. In addition, all of these people have already been suffering from reduced wages from the pandemic effected games.
Even though MLB will be making up the any canceled games, they will be rescheduled as doubleheaders. Many of these workers and game-day businesses depend on individual game dates. Doubleheaders never mean double the revenue. Best of luck to all of the businesses and vendors on making up that lost revenue. Hopefully, you all have a good season full of nice weather and big crowds.