The Nationals announced further cuts to their business operations staff on Tuesday.
The organization eliminated 18 positions across the sales, marketing and business sections of their organization because of the financial impact wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. The Nationals also made a few front office cuts in October.
“Earlier today, we notified 18 people - approximately 7.5% of the full-time business operations staff -- that we are eliminating their positions due to the impact Covid-19 continues to have on our business,” the team said in a statement. “In addition, we have eliminated the majority of open positions that we had planned to fill in the coming months. This decision was incredibly difficult for our organization. Those impacted by the layoffs will receive a severance package including six months of health insurance coverage and other employee assistance. Recognizing that the staff remaining will have to take on additional responsibilities and work harder to keep the relationship with our fans going strong as we head into another uncertain year, we will end the partial furlough and restore business side employees to their full salaries for 2021.”
The team annually reassess staff at the end of the year and makes changes accordingly. They made what were termed “performance-related” cuts to business operations staff in the middle of the summer. This new round of employee shifting has been labeled as a direct result of the pandemic.
Washington, like all other MLB teams in 2020, played a 60-game regular season without fans. Team owners across the sport have been complaining for months about their lack of funding from 2020 and how it would affect their organization on and off the field going forward.
The Nationals have made cuts to their front office staff and scouting department, as well as among their minor-league coaches, research and development and business operations staffs. Offseason spending is also expected to be significantly influenced by the lack of ticket revenue in 2020.