Skip to content

Coyotes lose a third of business staff, the team’s website shows

CLOSE

Arizona Coyotes logo. (Photo: Arizona Coyotes)

Days after the Arizona Coyotes confirmed the team has laid off employees, nearly a third of the business staff has been deleted from the team’s website. 

The NHL franchise confirmed the layoffs on Friday, but would not say how many employees were let go.

In all, 33 of 113 business employees who had been on the team’s website on Friday are no longer on the staff list, according to an Arizona Republic comparison of the list before and after the layoffs.

The changes suggest the team has made deep cuts to its sales, marketing and business operations, while the listing shows employees involved in hockey operations, from coaches to scouts, held steady at 58. 

The team declined to comment on the changes to the website. 

“As mentioned previously, out of respect for the individuals involved, we are not disclosing any information regarding our staff reductions last week. This information is confidential,” the team said in a statement on Tuesday.    

Shortened staff list

More than half of the NHL franchise’s ticket sales employees are no longer listed on its website. 

Half of the team’s marketing staff was removed from the list, along with employees in business analytics and corporate partnerships, premium seating and suite sales.

One member of the team’s executive staff is among the employees whose names were removed from the website: Bill Makris, the team’s vice president of ticket sales and service.

Makris declined comment. 

The team said in a statement on Friday that layoffs were necessary because of the team’s financial problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Furloughs were extended before layoffs

The move comes after the Coyotes furloughed half of its staff in April.

The employees were first told the furloughs were expected to last about two and a half months. In June, they received an email extending the furloughs to Aug. 31, according to an email provided to The Republic.

In the email, the employees were told that the situation could change “as the NHL makes determinations on the 2020-21 season,” and they could be called back to work sooner or have their furlough extended beyond Aug. 31.

The NHL suspended the 2019-2020 season in March, and restarted it Aug. 1.

The teams played out the rest of the season without fans, quarantined in two Canadian cities. The Coyotes defeated the Nashville Predators in the qualifying-round series but were eliminated March 19 after losing to the Colorado Avalanche.

The Coyotes would typically start its regular season in October. All signs point to the 2020-2021 regular season starting no sooner than December. 

Other professional sports teams layoff staff

The Coyotes majority owner is Alex Meruelo, a billionaire who owns the Meruelo Group, a construction and real estate development firm, and casinos in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada.

Meruelo becomes just the latest professional sports owner to announce furloughs and layoffs in the pandemic.

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns also cut staff this year. The Suns did not announce the number, but sources told The Republic that 30 employees were let go. 

Earlier this month, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics, planned to furlough 232 employees, according to The Washington Post.

In the Coyote’s statement on Friday, it wrote that it had to “make some extremely difficult decisions.” 

“We care deeply about all our team members and understand the impact this will have on them and their families,” the statement said. “We sincerely appreciate all their contributions to our organization. Unfortunately, these moves are necessary for us to endure this crisis and remain financially resilient for the long-term.”

Reach the reporter at jen.fifield@azcentral.com or at 602-444-8763. Follow her on Twitter @JenAFifield

Support local journalism. Subscribe to azcentral.com today.

POLICE USE OF FORCE

■ FOR SUBSCRIBERS

Do police treat people of color differently? A Republic investigation shows how much.

Source Article

Designed using Magazine News Byte. Powered by WordPress.