The number of Milwaukee Bucks employees is reportedly dwindling as the NBA’s lockout drags into its second month. In his Bucks Beat column this weekend, Gery Woelfel mentioned that the lockout had taken its toll on the size of the Bucks workforce:
I’ve been told close to 20 Bucks employees have been dismissed or left on their own accord since the end of the season.
The NBA league office let go of 114 employees (11% of its workforce) in July. Other teams, including the Bobcats, Timberwolves, Lakers, and Pistons, have already taken similar measures.
Given the Bucks’ drastically reduced revenues during the lockout, it would make sense for them to allow non-essential job openings to remain vacant when its workers left. In Woelfel’s story, though, there’s no breakdown on the number of layoffs compared to the number of positions left open due to attrition.
Hopefully, it skews toward the latter. Some employees undoubtedly saw the direction of the labor impasse and made decisions on their work futures accordingly, not wanting to be a crossfire casualty of a fight between millionaires and billionaires. If they found meaningful work elsewhere, good for them.
K L Chouinard is co-editor of We’re Bucked. Follow him on Twitter here.