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Lightning laying off 30 because of virus

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Just months after winning the Stanley Cup, officials with the Tampa Bay Lightning said Monday they are eliminating 30 positions in a sign that even winning a championship does not spare a team from the effects of the coronavirus.

The positions were across the company and effective immediately, team officials said. The layoffs represent less than 10% of the team's workforce.

"Rest assured, these decisions were not made lightly," Lightning and Vinik Sports Group CEO Steve Griggs told the Tampa Bay Times. "But with the sports and entertainment industry being impacted like at no other time in modern history, this was a necessary step as we position ourselves for maximum recovery."

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