“These are unprecedented times and, like other companies across all industries, we need to take short-term steps to deal with the harsh economic impact on our business and organization,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said at the time.
The NHL and NASCAR have also cut salaries while games and large gatherings are prohibited during the lockdown.
The NBA suspended its season March 11 after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 just prior to a game that also had to be canceled. It was the same day that the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. The Hawks had just 15 games left to play in the regular season.
At the time, the league issued a statement saying the NBA “will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
Before one of its own players was diagnosed with the virus, the NBA had considered playing games without fans in attendance.
There is some optimism that the season will be able to resume in the summer.