Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola will do right by the organization's employees amid the coronavirus pandemic. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

As the NHL and other major professional sports leagues wait out the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing has come up in the background.

How are these teams and their billionaire owners going to treat their employees during a time of tremendous economic angst.

The NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers went in one direction before backtracking big time . On the other hand, Florida Panthers owner Vincent Viola has decided to pay all 230 employees their wages through the end of the COVID-19 crisis.

As a billionaire, Viola can more than afford this. However, it’s an absolutely amazing gesture from the former United States Secretary of the Army nominee under President Trump.

There’s no telling when the NHL season will get going again. It normally ends some time in June. At the very least, it will continue through August now. Of course, that’s dependent on the season not being canceled altogether.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.



The Morning Bark Newsletter. Emailed daily.

You'll receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams.

Emailed daily. Always FREE!

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Can you name every Florida Panthers player selected to the All-Star Game?
SCORE:
0/27
TIME:
4:00
1994
Bob Kudelski
1994
John Vanbiesbrouck
1996
Scott Mellanby
1996
John Vanbiesbrouck
1997
Robert Svehla
1997
John Vanbiesbrouck
2000
Pavel Bure
2000
Viktor Kozlov
2000
Ray Whitney
2001
Pavel Bure
2002
Sandis Ozolinsh
2003
Olli Jokinen
2003
Sandis Ozolinsh
2004
Roberto Luongo
2007
Jay Bouwmeester
2008
Tomas Vokoun
2009
Jay Bouwmeester
2012
Brian Campbell
2015
Aaron Ekblad
2015
Roberto Luongo
2016
Aaron Ekblad
2016
Jaromír Jagr
2016
Roberto Luongo
2017
Vincent Trocheck
2018
Aleksander Barkov
2019
Keith Yandle
2020
Jonathan Huberdeau

Customize Your Newsletter

+

Get the latest news and rumors, customized to your favorite sports and teams. Emailed daily. Always free!

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.