NFLPA’s ED Not Optimistic NFL Will Return This Season
The NFL faces several problems regarding the return of the season. The league’s return date remains undecided. And while the board is doing everything in its power to get back on track, The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) isn’t very hopeful.
NFL Commissioner Roger Stokoe Goodell recently revealed that the league plans to play a full-season schedule despite the ongoing pandemic, but NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has a different view.
When asked if he’s confident that the league will return this year and to rate his confidence level from 0 to 10, Smith said “Look, a lot depends on what happens with the other sports, and to say that we aren’t looking at what’s going to be happening in basketball and baseball — and we’re not looking at how they work through these things — I’d be lying to you if we’re not…So how about if I go with six, seven on a curve?”
The NFL has no concrete plans yet, and the league is closely monitoring the NBA and MLB’s decisions for their basketball and baseball matches. Adding to that are the logistics problems all franchise teams are experiencing. As June enters, the NFL is supposed to conclude its offseason. However, the board is still uncertain whether or not franchises across the country should resume operations.
The NFL is still in its first phase of reopening. Goodell recently released a memo regarding the operation of club facilities. Teams can now open training facilities if the governing state and local regulations permit it. Further, players and staff must follow the protocols imposed by NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills:
- Teams are not allowed to have more than 50 percent of staff in the facility, and the number cannot exceed 75people. That total is for all club locations combined.
- No members of the coaching staff are permitted to return to the facility in order to “ensure equity among all 32 clubs.” The strength and conditioning coach may continue to work in the facility only if said person “is currently participating in player rehabilitation.No players are allowed in the facility other than those currently undergoing
- Teams must promptly report any incidence of COVID-19 in the facility
- Teams must promptly report any change in government regulations.