The shutdown of baseball operations across the MLB touches the lives of more than just the players and fans. There are countless employees from each of the 30 teams that work to make sure games are played without a hitch who are suddenly out of a job through no fault of their own.
But in an act of good will, Illitch Holdings, the onwership group of the Detroit Tigers, has announced that it will continue to pay part-time employees in the midst of the league's suspension.
The fund they've set up will have $1 million available for staffers who were put out of work due to the coronavirus outbreak. Players and teams from other sports have taken similar initiatives.
It's this type of generosity that should be the standard model for owners across all sports. These people do the necessary jobs that make games and events enjoyable for the fans. It's time for those more than wealthy enough to help to show just how valuable these employees really are.
These people are the lifeblood of the business of sports. As such, they deserve to be taken care of when unprecedented circumstances rob them of a chance to make a living.