Dodgers issue layoffs across organization due to economic losses from coronavirus pandemic

Paola Ditto
Novembre 22, 2020

NOT even a World Series title could make the Los Angeles Dodgers immune from financial losses during a season without fans, so the team was forced to lay off employees throughout the organization on Wednesday.

"This is a heartbreaking decision", the Dodgers said in their statement. The ongoing economic crisis, however, forces us to make hard personnel decisions throughout the organization, going forward for the 2021 season. "This year, more than ever, we are truly grateful for the role each member of our Dodgers family plays in our success".

Moreover, the eight-time Gold Glover can opt out of his current deal at the end of this season, so Colorado is likely to explore moving him so as to acquire more value and avoid the risk of him opting out. The Dodgers had the second-highest payroll in 2020 and have been in the top five in payroll every year since 2013, the year after Guggenheim bought the franchise for $2.15 billion.

Television was the only way for fans to watch the Dodgers this year until the National League Championship Series. A source estimated the team lost "in excess of $100 million last season", despite winning the World Series. Major League Baseball only allowed fans at games in 2020 for the NLCS and World Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

Teams reportedly are preparing for the possibility of playing next season without fans as well, although there is the hope that venues can begin to welcome fans again in 2021. The Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox are among the teams that have also recently announced layoffs.

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