Freelancers who work on TV broadcasts from the game Lightning and Rays received news on Friday that they would receive a $ 2,500 payment to offset lost income from sports closures caused by the pandemic.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns Fox Sports Sun and Fox Sports Florida, among other regional sports networks, authorizes payments.
“Additional television games and programming for six teams across the state, all year round is equivalent to a large number of freelancers for FOX Sports Florida and FOX Sports Sun, so hopefully this payment helps make a difference to our freelance community during these difficult times,” the media said director Eric Esteban.
With an idle team since March, there is no revenue for cameras and replay operators, game producers, and show talents who work as freelancers, paid on a per-game basis without health insurance or other benefits. Some, including local residents, complain openly, especially given that the main network and some regional sports networks do provide financial assistance. “If you really want to know what I think,” said one The Tampa Bay Times then, “I’ll be fired like all of us on the crew.”
Sinclair, who bought Fox’s regional network last year for $ 9.6 billion, in April did offer freelancers, though only a few, $ 2,500 loans, which were interest-free, but had an aggressive $ 250 payment schedule for each of the first 10 games what was done while playing continued. Some freelancers say they did not find a suitable offer to give given the terms of the agreement.
Freelancers got word about payment in an email Friday morning from Fox Sports Florida / Sun general manager Steve Tello, who noted “that this crisis has had a significant financial impact for many of you.” Tello also wrote, “We really hope this payment will make a difference when you manage through these difficult days. We appreciate everything you do, and look forward to the coming days when production continues.”
The production of a typical Sinar or Lightning house game involves around 30-35 people working on various payment scales, with a low end of around $ 350 per game and an average of around $ 500.
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