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General view of a ball on court of the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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Utah Jazz Announce Layoffs To Business, Operation Sides

General view of a ball on court of the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Jazz announced that they have laid off employees on both the business and operation sides of the organization.

The team released the following statement on Friday.

“Due to the prolonged economic impact from COVID-19 and the streamlined restructuring associated with the transition to new ownership, LHM Sports & Entertainment has made the difficult decision to eliminate some furloughed and active positions in its Jazz and arena business operations,” the statement read. “We thank these individuals for their years of service and contributions to the organization. They will receive wages and applicable health benefits through the end of the year, as well as outplacement services, and be offered a severance package.”

Gail Miller sold majority ownership of the Jazz, Salt Lake Bees, Salt Lake City Stars and Vivint Smart Home Arena to Qualtrics founder Ryan Smith. The Miller family still has some ownership stake in those assets.

The Jazz laid off staff members less than a month after the pandemic started. On April 3, 2020, the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies laid off employees from some of its approximately 80 companies.

On May 8, 2020, the Miller family announced more layoffs within the Jazz, Bees and Vivint Smart Home Arena staff.

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