The NFL and NFLPA met Thursday to discuss several upcoming topics involving the regular season. NFL owners voted to tarp off seats in stadiums near the field to keep distancing between the players and people on the sideline. This sounds like an effort to salvage as much revenue as possible. There’s no doubt the NFL will make more by covering these seats with sponsor logos as opposed to season ticket holders.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on a conference call that the plan is to start training camp on time and “get ready for games at our stadiums and to engage our fans both in stadiums and through our media partners.” So, despite COVID-19 cases still, on the rise in several states, the NFL is adamant about continuing to play the season and start training camp on time. This comes after the league canceled the Hall of Fame Game between the Cowboys and Steelers on August 6, Thursday morning. This comes after the league canceled the Hall of Fame Game between the Cowboys and Steelers on August 6, Thursday morning.
NFL Chief Doc Allen Sills: “We’re setting up a very ambitious testing program. Testing alone will not be sufficient to keep everyone healthy. It’s vitally important to keep social distances and use masks when possible.” Sills added that “the NFL and NFLPA are in the same place. It’s about risk reduction and mitigating risk. Players are going to share the same risk but also the same responsibility to each other.”
That was in response to Tom Brady and other players, previously the San Francisco 49ers skill players, conducting private workouts. The Niners will report to training camp on July 28. We’ll continue to update once more protocols, and information about the testing programs are released.