Posted May 14, 2015
James Briggs - Baltimore Business Journal -
The Baltimore Orioles are reimbursing hourly workers for lost pay during the week of April 27 when riots caused one home game to be played in an empty stadium and three others to be moved to Florida.
"Due to the extraordinary circumstances that led to several cancelled or rescheduled games, the Orioles organization will compensate all hourly employees for hours that would have been ordinarily worked the week of April 27," the Orioles wrote in a message to employees Tuesday. "This adjustment will be added to your 5/29 paycheck."
Riots broke out April 27 following more than a week of protests over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who sustained severe injuries in police custody. After the riots, the Orioles played their April 29 game against the Chicago White Sox with no fans in attendance at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The team also moved what was supposed to be a home three-game weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays to Florida.
The Orioles declined to say how much money they are spending to reimburse workers for lost wages, as well as how many workers were affected.
The Orioles also have not said how much money they lost, but estimates suggest Major League Baseball teams can haul in about $1 million in revenue per home game.
In addition to the Orioles' decision, concession contractor Delaware North also will compensate workers for lost wages. A spokeswoman for Delaware North declined to answer questions, but issued a statement:
Delaware North Sportservice wants to publicly thank its loyal local associates who showed great patience during the week of April 27th. Due to the extraordinary circumstances that led to three games being moved from Oriole Park and another being closed to fans, we wanted to show our appreciation and support to our nearly 1000 game day associates by voluntarily providing each with a monetary payment. We are very proud of our associates and their dedication to serving up the best game day experience to Oriole fans.
John P. Angelos, the Orioles' chief operating officer and son of team owner Peter G. Angelos, has emerged as a sympathetic voice for Baltimore's protesters. He downplayed the affects of the protests on the Orioles and has said more needs to be done to help city residents find jobs.