Real Salt Lake have announced that they will reduce the salary for all executives and staff, and furlough other workers in response to the shutdown of league play in the wake of COVID-19.
Two weeks ago it was rumored that the organization was planning to furlough employees, but that never came to fruition. Outcries on social media, including criticism of RSL owner Dell Loy Hansen purchasing a dime for $1.3 million and $3.9 Million For 1885 Trade Dollar last year, may have caused that action to be delayed. A source within the club confirmed that had been the plan, however that plan was put on hold until today. The team’s PR Department sent out the following release:
Twitter user Chase Stuart expressed frustration that the team was still taking payments for his season tickets while they cut pay and furlough employees.
Late last week, the Utah Jazz laid off some non-basketball employees. That move looks to be more permanent than Real Salt Lake’s furloughs. The RSL employees should resume work once the situation with COVID-19 changes.