Wolves, Lynx announce layoffs due to COVID-19's 'significant financial impact'

Both team writers were let go.
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Jarret Culver

With the WNBA and NBA seasons yet to return to play because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial strain of it all has prompted the Glen Taylor-owned Lynx and Timberwolves to lay off employees and enforce temporary pay cuts. 

“The Timberwolves and Lynx have experienced a significant financial impact due to the global pandemic,” the Timberwolves said in a statement. “As a result of these unforeseen circumstances, the organization has made staffing changes that include a temporary tiered pay reduction plan for employees earning $70,000 or more as well as a reduction in our full-time workforce.”

The decision saw 18 employees laid off, as they join an undisclosed number of Minnesota Wild employees who were laid off earlier this week. 

Among the cuts are Lynx and Wolves team writers Katie Davison and Kyle Ratke. 

"We had a good run. Today was my last day with the Timberwolves & Lynx," Ratke wrote in a tweet. "I’ll forever have such great memories, and in a sense, I grew up with the organization. I wish nothing but the best for my friends who became family. To the next opportunity."

Ratke, a Cold Spring, Minnesota, native, had spent the better part of the last decade with the organization. 

"Yes, to the next opportunity and there will be plenty for you Kyle," replied former WCCO-TV anchor Mark Rosen. 

The other 16 cuts are comprised of employees who work with the Wolves, Lynx, Iowa Wolves and T-Wolves Gaming, including Aaron Seehusen, who was a public relations director with the clubs. Ratke and Davidson were the only team writers on staff. 

The WNBA season is expected to resume in Bradenton, Florida, this summer, though an official start date for the shortened, 22-game regular season hasn't been announced. 

NBA action is expected resume in July, with 22 teams – the Wolves didn't get invited – playing eight games before entering into playoff competition. All games will be played at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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