NFL, NFLPA Allow Players To Skip The 2020 Season

After weeks of negotiations, the NFL and NFLPA finally allowed players to voluntarily opt out of the 2020 season without facing penalties.

The NFL struggles to come up with a comprehensive plan for the restart of the season. COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the United States, so the league still figures out whether or not players should have the choice to opt out of the season.

After weeks of negotiations between the NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA), both parties finally decided to allow players to skip the season without consequences. This means that the majority of players in one team could opt out, leaving other roles vacant.

To prevent the lack of important roles in one team, the NFL and NFLPA developed a plan to organize attendance. There are guidelines, albeit not strict, enforced. Any player who has a pre-existing condition or those tagged as ‘at-risk individuals’ is allowed to sit out. Players who have family members with pre-existing health conditions are also allowed to sit out. Any player who has any concerns about playing could also sit out provided that the date of absence is communicated.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero announced on NFL NOW that while the league and the union anticipate player opt-outs, all parties would need to communicate with them regarding dates:

“My understanding is both the union and the league intend to have an opt-out for players who have either a pre-existing condition, family (members) with pre-existing conditions, just general concerns over COVID-19, would not want to play this season…General managers were told on a call earlier this week there would be a specific date by which players would need to opt-out. That date is still to be determined.”

The NFL will soon assign a deadline for players who opt out. General managers in the league need to compile a list of players opting out and participating before the deadline. Players, meanwhile, are encouraged to finalize their decisions as early as now.

The number of NFL players considering to skip the 2020 season remains uncertain, which might put Bitcoin sportsbooks odds on hold. But through social media posts and public interviews, several veteran players already announced their decisions.

Jason and Devin McCourty, the identical twins from New England Patriots, as well as Stefon Diggs from Buffalo Bills, recently voiced out their concerns regarding the season restart and the COVID-19 pandemic.