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Report: NWSL Received PPP Loan Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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The NWSL received a loan as part of the government’s Paycheck Protection Program as a means to pay players for two months amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to The New York Times’ Andrew Das and Andrew Keh. 

The PPP loan, which was confirmed by the league to the Times, was entirely used to pay player salaries. The amount given to the league was unspecified.

“Our sole intent in applying for the PPP loan was to continue player compensation,” Lisa Baird, the league’s first-year commissioner, told the Times. “With ours, the calculus was pretty simple. Either you’re going to pay your players or you’re going to furlough them. What could we do?”

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