The signing of LeBron James has had an economic impact on Miami Heat employees: about 30 have been fired.
According to the Sun Sentinel, the Heat terminated season ticket sales on July 8, hours before James announced he would join the Heat. The team "set aside a quarter to a third of AmericanAirlines Arena's 19,600 seats to sell in mini-plans, to groups and as individual game tickets. The team started a waiting list which has thousands of names on it".
The Heat confirmed the layoffs indicating its season ticket inventory is "exhausted" and that it no longer "requires a season ticket sales team to sell tickets".
"While the decision to release part of our sales force was a difficult one, we greatly appreciate their contributions to the company," the statement continued. "We have also hired a placement service to assist those individuals find new employment."