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Buffalo Bills owners Kim & Terry Pegula not compensating workers displaced by COVID-19 during NHL hiatus

Not a great look.

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The NHL and NBA suspended their 2019-2020 seasons this week in response to the coronavirus pandemic. While owners and players around both leagues have stepped up, saying hourly workers will be compensated for their lost hours, Kim and Terry Pegula, owners of the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills, have taken a wait-and-see approach.

“As of now, we expect the games to be rescheduled. We are evaluating next steps should the games be cancelled,” said the Pegulas in a statement regarding the game-night employees at the KeyBank Center, home of the Sabres.

John Vogl of The Athletic reports further evaluation is being done, but this clearly means the team isn’t going to pay employees now because they fully expect to pay them later.

In addition to the Bills and Sabres, the Pegulas own the Buffalo Bandits lacrosse team and Rochester Americans minor league hockey team who are both also on hiatus.

In a statement posted to Twitter at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Kim Pegula reinforced that gameday employees would be paid if games were cancelled. There was no mention of paying those employees during the hiatus.

Here how other team owners are responding:

Russian Machine Never Breaks has this list of NHL owners who have not committed to paying event staff. Names in bold are billionaires.

The Naughty List

Arizona CoyotesAlex Meruelo

Boston BruinsJeremy Jacobs

Buffalo Sabres – Terrence Pegula

Calgary FlamesN. Murray Edwards

Carolina HurricanesTom Dundon

Chicago BlackhawksRocky Wirtz

Colorado AvalancheAnn Walton Kroenke

Columbus Blue JacketsJohn P. McConnell

Edmonton OilersDaryl Katz

Los Angeles KingsPhilip Anschutz

Minnesota WildCraig Leipold

Montreal CanadiensGeoff Molson

New York Islanders – Scott D. Malkin (approx. $200 million)

New York RangersJames L. Dolan

Ottawa SenatorsEugene Melnyk

St. Louis Blues – Tom Stillman (net worth unknown)

Vancouver CanucksFrancesco Aquilini

Vegas Golden Knights – Bill Foley (approx. $500 million)

Winnipeg Jets – Mark Chipman (approx. $500 million) and David Thomson (*$36 billion*)

It should also be noted that Delaware North is contracted to operate the concessions at KeyBank Center and New Era Field as well as Blue Cross Arena. The majority of employees that work an event are paid directly by Delaware North, not the Pegulas. Delware North, like the Boston Bruins, is owned by Jeremy Jacobs and his family.