Despite the MLB season set to get underway in the near future, the Texas Rangers are still coping with the effects of COVID-19 and its impact on the game announcing furloughs of club staff on Tuesday.
We are rapidly approaching the start to the 2020 MLB season with the Texas Rangers set to open their season against the Colorado Rockies in just 10 days. Despite a push to return to somewhat normalcy in the world of sports, a blunt reminder of the stark reality of a league trying to compete in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic was given to fans on Tuesday. Through a statement from Rangers’ Co-Chairman and Managing Partner, Ray Davis, the club announced the furlough of a portion of the organization’s staff.
The furloughs were reported by Evan Grant to be around 60 of the club’s staff, equating to roughly 12% of the organization’s employees.
Up to this point, the club had worked to limit the effects of the pandemic on their organization. However, to this point, Texas and the rest of the MLB are now approaching four months past the scheduled start of the 2020 season. That means four months with no game revenue including ticket sales. While the season is set to start soon, games will still be without fans meaning the newly constructed Globe Life Field cannot help Texas generate revenue to offset its sizable cost.
A short while ago it was announced that the minor league seasons across the MLB would be cancelled as a result of the current situation facing the country and pro sports. The reality is that the current pandemic is having a lasting impact on pro sports not only delaying the start or continuation of seasons but creating a large gap in standard expected revenues and actual gains.
In his statement, Ray Davis expressed optimism that the club would be able to bring back their furloughed employees at some point in the future.