Texas Rangers’ situation highlights a problem NFL teams may face

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No, we haven’t expanded our coverage beyond football. Yes, we have decided to look for storylines from other sports that potentially apply to football.

Here’s the latest one we noticed, from the world of baseball.

Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reported on Friday night that employees of the Texas Rangers “fear for their health and hope the organization will allow employees to work from home after feeling pressure to come into the office.”

Those fears flowed from the disclosure to Rangers employees that, amid an ongoing Texas outbreak of COVID-19 cases, several members of the organization have tested positive.

“We are terrified for our safety,” an unnamed employee told Passan. “Terrified to share COVID-19, unknowingly, with an older employee, a pregnant co-worker or anyone else who may have some sort of underlying condition.”

Some employees contend they have been urged to show up for work at the team’s new stadium, and multiple employees told Passan that working from home isn’t an option, with some exceptions being made.

During a videoconference on Friday, a doctor affiliated with the team “suggested employees were likelier to be infected by the coronavirus at home than at work.”

The connection to the NFL is obvious. As inevitable positive tests happen for players and other team employees, will employees other than players and coaches and trainers and those who directly work with players be given the ability to work from home? Will those who choose to accept an invitation to do so be comfortable doing it, if colleagues hoping to curry favor with management decide to be present in the workplace?

All teams should have a threshold number of positive cases before initiating a protocol that would require all employees whose presence isn’t critical to getting the team ready to play to work from home, with no ability to choose to show up. It needs to be a mandate from the league office, non-negotiable and non-discretionary.

As to players or anyone working directly with players, there must be an ever-present option to opt out, basically to tap out. Although most will decide at the outset of training camp to show up and participate, their position may change depending on positive tests and other developments. Players, coaches, and others critical to preparing for games need to have the ability to walk away, without penalty.

15 responses to “Texas Rangers’ situation highlights a problem NFL teams may face

  1. What doctor would say that a person is more likely to contract the virus at home than at work?? Dr. Nick Riveria???

  2. This is going on all around the country, bosses pressuring employees to come into work or else…! It needs to stop and we as employees need to stand together and demand out health and safety come first at our own discretion, not at the employers discretion and in this case based upon a doctor affiliated with the team.

  3. chickenrondelet says:
    June 27, 2020 at 1:17 pm
    What doctor would say that a person is more likely to contract the virus at home than at work?? Dr. Nick Riveria???

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    Are you more likely to be tightly packed together at work or at a large social gathering (ie. birthday parties, beach, graduations, etc)? The 18-35 crowd thinks they are invincible and have no problem being unwitting carriers of the disease.

    My guess is that a fair number of these employees have their own offices and aren’t shoulder to shoulder with the next person.

    That being said, there is still a very real risk of getting infected any time you interact with other people.

  4. I’ve been laid off since April. If they’re too scared to go into work based on a virus that kills .26% of people let me know. I’ll take the job.

  5. “chickenrondelet says:
    June 27, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    What doctor would say that a person is more likely to contract the virus at home than at work?? Dr. Nick Riveria???”

    Well if it isn’t my old friend Mr McGreg, with a leg for an arm and an arm for a leg!

  6. We wear masks at work unless we are working totally in our office area. Only 50% of the staff come in each day so we maintain social distancing. With 400 people in 10 offices we have not had a visit case.

    You can work without fear of the virus if the proper protections are followed.

  7. This “may” happen. Keep in mind, it “may” not…

    Take a breath, be thankful, be careful. Most importantly, live.

  8. “..a doctor affiliated with the team “suggested employees were likelier to be infected by the coronavirus at home than at work…”

    Boy, is this doesn’t prove the point that these corporate bean counters only care about their profits and not your health, I don’t know what does.

  9. crush22 says:
    “..Lazy slackers wanna stay home 24/7 now and using the scamdemic as an excuse…”

    How long did they have to waterboard you to get you to think like this?

  10. jkb0162 says:
    June 27, 2020 at 2:06 pm
    I’ve been laid off since April. If they’re too scared to go into work based on a virus that kills .26% of people let me know. I’ll take the job.

    112 141 Rate This
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    You make capitalism sound so wonderful.

  11. When there is no leadership at the top of government and no national plan to stop the spread of the virus, things will get a lot worse the next few months. The plans to have an NFL season can prove impractical, even diastrous. The owners may be facing the difficult decision of whether they should scrapt the 2020 season altogether.

  12. Once they opened the gyms and pile on all the protests, a spike was inevitable. By September, heck, half the country may already have had the virus. You cannot run or hide from a virus unless there is a vaccine. May as well accept we are all going to get it. If you don’t want to get it, stay home. And don’t leave your home. Don’t interact with people outside your home. That’s the only way to ensure you don’t get the virus-assuming you don’t already have it there. That should have been the policy from day 1 and hopefully we learn from this so that’s the policy from here forth.

    If you don’t want to get sick: stay home and never leave home. Wait for a vaccine. Period.

  13. Obviously that doctor needs to dial up the local School of Public Health at a medical school and get a refresher course…what a foolish statement.

  14. If they could telework and do there job just let them do that. Problem is there are a lot of poor managers out there that like to micromanage everything.

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