NFL closes all team facilities

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NFL teams will become like much of the rest of the nation in less than 24 hours. Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a league-wide, stay-at-home order Tuesday night.

The memo sent by Goodell, obtained by PFT, will close all club facilities at 6:00 p.m. local time Wednesday. There will be only limited exceptions.

The league will reassess the situation on April 8 following advice from medical experts and public health authorities.

Some NFL teams already had closed facilities to all but essential employees.

“To ensure that all clubs operate on a level playing field, and that the NFL continues to conduct itself in a responsible way at this time, it is appropriate to outline certain principles that will apply during the current period,” Goodell wrote. “These principles have been reviewed with and endorsed by the Competition Committee and will remain in effect until further notice.”

The only exceptions are: (1) athletic trainers or physicians who are providing ongoing medical treatment to players (this already qualified as the only reason a player could enter a team facility); (2) employees, such as the director of facilities, security personnel, or independent contractors, necessary to maintain the physical security of the facility and its contents; and (3) employees such as technology personnel necessary to maintain the security and operational capabilities of the club’s IT network to enable remote work by club football and business staff.

All normal business operations, including signing players, evaluating draft-eligible prospects, selling tickets, and other activities to prepare for the 2020 season, are allowed to continue as normal with employees working remotely.

“The challenges we face are not unique — many businesses and individuals throughout the country are experiencing and addressing similar issues,” Goodell wrote. “Please be assured that the NFL is well-positioned to meet these operational challenges as we prepare to offer our fans and the country an outstanding 2020 NFL season.”

16 responses to “NFL closes all team facilities

  1. There ain’t gonna be a 2020 NFL or NCAA season. Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence has already played his last collegiate game and he will make history in 2021 by becoming the first ever #1 overall pick not to have played in the year leading up to his selection.

  2. Hundreds of millions of Americans found out this week they are essential by definition. They will all want a raise. They people that stayed home will make sure they don’t get a raise.

  3. Btw, I just want to thank PFT for keeping going – I got health woes and am also now a 24hr carer to a multiple-disabled mother (who has diseased lungs and more). We already had to be very careful before covid, and now we’re in total lockdown. In between sessions with her I read and watch a lot on the web, especially PFT – it helps. Thanks.

  4. Were all in a wait and see mode of operation.Nothing is as normal.We need to flatten the curve on the rate of infection spread first, produce and effective vaccine and administer it to our citizens because many epidemiologists/virologists are very concerned that this is going to repeat next fall.We should not stick our heads in the sand and think the NFL season for 2020 is going to go on as normal because nothing today suggests same.

  5. Loooootta wishful thinking on the part of the thumbs uppers/downers here. What reason is there to believe that the season will happen this year? What indication, by anyone paying attention to this situation, is there that things will return to normal any time soon?

  6. IMO the only good news out of all this is that football is a good three months away, and this should be calmed down by then.
    Even China is starting to see “flattening” right now.
    Things change.
    I know I used to dread these next three months because of the wait for kick-off but now I’m glad-if such an expression is appropriate-that there is that buffer zone.

  7. Before everyone get too gloom and doomed, remember that the 2011 season had a labor dispute that wasn’t settled until nearly August. I don’t have any idea where this Corona thing will run its course, but neither does anyone else. Just don’t think for a second that the owners are not going to have a season if it’s remotely possible. And the players will be right behind them

  8. harryglyphics says:
    March 25, 2020 at 10:34 am

    IMO the only good news out of all this is that football is a good three months away, and this should be calmed down by then.
    Even China is starting to see “flattening” right now.
    China flattened the curve by instituting a government controlled lock down in the effected areas. I’m not seeing that here. What I’m seeing is a repeat of the Italian model and that hasn’t worked out too well.

  9. With everything coming to a halt the Browns are hearby declared winner of the offseason again.

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