As the economy continues to struggle, moves like this one by the NBA may become somewhat of a norm. It will also be interesting to see how individual teams are affected as well.
LONDON -- The NBA is laying off 9 percent of its work force over worries about the U.S. economy, commissioner David Stern said.
"We made a decision some months ago that the economy was going to be a bit wobbly, so we began a belt-tightening that will result in a work-force reduction of about 9 percent domestically," Stern said Sunday, speaking before an NBA preseason game at London's O2 arena.
This translates into about 80 jobs, he later told Reuters.
"There is a season-ticket renewal rate decline, and new sales are also being hit," he said. "My guess is when [the regular season] kicks off, we will be down modestly in season ticket sales."