The Florida Panthers became the second team to announce a round of layoffs this week after the National Hockey League locked out its players and initiated the fourth work stoppage in the last 20 years. Citing lost revenue due to the lockout, the Panthers reduced jobs in multiple departments.
The layoffs are so deep that the team mascot, Stanley C. Panther, is among the workers out of a job this week.
Laying off the mascot is an unusual move. During the NBA and NFL lockouts of 2011, neither Burnie (the Miami Heat's mascot) nor TD (the Miami Dolphins') lost their jobs, though some Dolphins employees had their wages temporarily cut (but later repaid).
No games have been canceled as of Tuesday, but the cancellation of preseason games could happen as soon as this week. It is almost certain that preseason training camps will not open on time.
The Panthers are still attempting to operate business as usual. The team was still selling single-game and season tickets on Tuesday, including tickets for the scheduled opener against the Tamp Bay Lightning on Oct. 13...
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