NFL Lays Out Plan For Reopening Facilities

On Wednesday night, the NFL laid out its potential plan for reopening facilities in a memo to teams, as Tom Pelissero of tweets. With permission from state government authorities, the league hopes to resume business as usual – or something close to it – soon. 

The memo also details protocols including: temperature screening, the establishment of an infection response team for each club, and social distancing. At the same time, Roger Goodell has discouraged team officials from discussing hypothetical timelines.

“It is impossible to project what the next few months will bring,” Goodell wrote. “Uninformed commentary that speculates on how individual clubs or the league will address a range of hypothetical contingencies serves to constructive purpose and instead confuses our fans and business partners, complicates the operations of other clubs, and distracts from the careful planning that is needed right now.”

Then, Goodell’s memo gets into greater detail for a “safe and phased reopening.” Phase 1 would allow for up to 50% of a team’s non-player employees to occupy the facility on any given day, up to a maximum of 75. No players would be permitted in the building, unless resuming a course of rehabilitation that was already underway when facilities were first closed. That phase could begin as soon as Friday, May 15th. After that, the league will weigh its options for Phase 2, though teams are encouraged to refine their own policies in accordance with local law and fluctuating conditions.

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27 comments on “NFL Lays Out Plan For Reopening Facilities

    • Considering that the NFL essentially needs permission of government authorities to be able to even hold practices, you may want to avoid this site altogether until this crisis is over if you’re looking to ‘avoid [this] crap’.

    • ThePeople'sElbow

      are you daft? sports has often been the catalyst for social change in this country. Jesse Owens. Jackie Robinson. Magic Johnson. 9/11.

    • bass86

      If you’re a fan of the NFL and you don’t think sports and politics mix then why are you a fan of the NFL? how obtuse can you be

  1. parkers

    Keeping politics out of sports should be the goal but unfortunately the very existence of sports depends on political decisions. Revenue from attendance determines a large portion of how much players make. The make up of each teams roster is determined by salary cap considerations. Deciding if fans are allowed or if they even will choose to attend, if allowed, is critical in paying these salaries.The issue isn’t whither or not it’s a hoax but how will people relate to it. If players or team officials test positive how will teammates respond? If key players are sidelined how will fans react? This includes all of the logistical functions. What if one team has a number of teammates tested positive and quarantined, how will that go over with their opponents? The fact that large numbers of people are getting sick and dying is enough to make people pause. After all the facts are gathered will be the time to decide whither it was a hoax.

    • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

      There’s an uncomfortably large segment of humanity that shows vast skill at warping facts to fit their own “reality.”

      • crosseyedlemon

        Suddenly, the idea of inviting Hubcap to a Trekkie convention doesn’t seem that good anymore.

          • crosseyedlemon

            Being an unrelenting realist 24/7 would be a miserable and unbearable existence I think. Humans need hopes, dreams and yes fantasies. Diversity is an essential component of life. If we all shared the exact same “reality” with regards to everything, it would be a nightmare worse than any George Orwell could imagine.

            • HubcapDiamondStarHalo

              I agree to a point… that point being when a person’s refusal to accept certain realities endangers others around them. What humans do to amuse themselves or escape from the harshness of life is (generally) their own business. When your little escapist fantasies begin to affect MY quality of life, the landscape changes.

              • crosseyedlemon

                I respect your viewpoints on here but it’s a slippery slope no matter where we stand.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    Just Goodell going off on another rant to prove what a fool he is. Apparently he doesn’t realize that he’s employed by the league owners. I don’t know why they tolerate this clown telling them how to run their operations.

    • cant_teach_speed

      That’s sort of the point of his position. Otherwise you would have 32 decision makers headed in every direction.

      • crosseyedlemon

        I disagree. His job should be to act on the consensus that the 32 owners arrive at on various issues but he thinks the NFL is his own personal kingdom to rule as he sees fit.

  3. The Mistake of Giving Eugene Melnyk a Liver Transplant

    “Keeping politics out of sports” is supporting the status quo. Also, any moron who says that avoiding mass death of the most vulnerable or other basic human rights is “politics” is an ahole. Supporting people’s basic rights isn’t politics it is called the most basic level of not being a terrible person. COVID-19 discriminates and disproportionately hurts and kills older people, poorer people, and people of color.

  4. bass86

    This is preposterous! We should not be returning to anything that resembles normalcy until we have fully eradicated all of the murder hornets.

    • crosseyedlemon

      “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else” / Winston Churchill

        • crosseyedlemon

          Churchill probably provided the world with more great quotes than anybody and he had your response covered too:
          “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly”.

    • cant_teach_speed

      I saw a video of a praying mantis going bad on a murder hornet. Mantis not impressed one bit

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