Report: NFL will spend roughly $75 million on COVID-19 tests

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The NFL will be conducting plenty of COVID-19 tests this year. And the NFL will be paying plenty of money to do so.

According to Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily, the league expects to spend “about $75M” on these tests.

It’s a significant expenditure in a season that will involve decreased revenues. However, regular and aggressive testing will be critical to the ability of the league to have a chance to play all 256 regular-season games and 13 postseason games.

PFT reported on Monday that BioReference Laboratories will be charging a flat fee covering up to 120 tests per team per day, with extra tests available at $125 each. The teams will pay 1/32nd of the total fee, and they will individually pay for any extra tests that they require.

45 responses to “Report: NFL will spend roughly $75 million on COVID-19 tests

  1. God, I love the NFL and pro sports but it would sure be nice to have an investment into 24 hour or short term testing for schools including their High School Sports programs. It seems like a donation from pro sports towards that goal would be huge.

    Sports aside it seems like there is a fundamental problem with pro sports teams getting the good quick tests and we all have to wait 7 days to even know if we can leave our homes and go back to work.

  2. I agree – but it’s not like the GOV is paying for the NFL tests and I wouldnt expect the NFL to invest into the school system. They are a business that’s looking at severely reduced revenue. It’s only $2.3m per teams so it isnt too crazy..

  3. With so many places across the country having trouble getting access to covid tests or fast turn around for testing; I hope the NFL is at least paying a premium for those tests and that extra money goes back into being able to provide testing for the people that really need it.

  4. This is another example of the fact that sports rule the world. It takes a few weeks to get an MRI for the normal people but our sports figures get one the next day. Now it takes 5 or 6 days to get the results of a COVID test after staying in a queue for hours, so the NFL players will get an immediate test and the results – because you cant have the whole crew sitting and waiting. Money talks.

  5. Donate the $75 million…or more…into getting more testing into communities that need it. Many of those communities are in NFL franchise cities.

  6. I got a taste of COVID testing – was first told 2-5 days – and when that passed it was 5-7 days. It took eight. All that time waiting and wondering – not being able to work. Thankfully I had sick pay that I could use. Then I turned out to be negative.

  7. “It takes a few weeks to get an MRI for the normal people but our sports figures get one the next day”
    Because most teams RENT an MRI machine. They pre-rent time on one so they can do it. They throw money at the problem. Plenty of companies do this with critical resource. In business, it is called a retainer. It works for both sides, the team gets what it needs when it needs it, and it helps the medical shop pay for big ticket equipment.

  8. I don’t know why this would shock anyone… Money always has and always will talk. Spend enough money and you get results. The problem is most organizations don’t have that type of money to throw on daily tests.

  9. I wonder if they cheap owners will not offer extra tests past the 120 they have to pay for. I mean most teams must have way more employees than that.

  10. I just want 2 tests and we can’t get them unless we’re already sick. Complete failure of leadership on all levels.

  11. 2.3 million per team. I wonder how many tests that equates to, per team, for the season.

  12. An impressive good will investment would be an initiative by all of the major sports leagues to donate towards quality quicker testing for high school sports (or even just schools in general) also seeking large corporate name brand support.

  13. Kinda shows you how much money the NFL is really raking in when $75 million is just a cost of doing business.

  14. icanspeel says:
    I don’t know why this would shock anyone
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    I doubt there are many of us here that are “shocked” by this, or even mildly surprised. It was expected.
    “Disgusted” would be a far more accurate word.

  15. This is still not going to work. What a waste of money. While false hope can be cute at first, it’s just delaying the inevitable.

  16. … while Joe Public waits a week for the privilege of buying their own test, and another two weeks for the results. thumbs up!

  17. thisismy5thaccount says:
    July 21, 2020 at 12:12 pm
    for FLU testing that has killed 0 pro athletes? Waste
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Doesn’t know or doesn’t care that Covid and the flu aren’t the same thing, doesn’t wear a mask, doesn’t social distance and pretty sure attends parties to see how many can get Covid. Ladies and gentlemen I give you one perfect example of why America looks the fool in the world’s eye.

  18. bodegabayf2 says:
    July 21, 2020 at 11:15 am
    Donate the $75 million…or more…into getting more testing into communities that need it. Many of those communities are in NFL franchise cities.

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    The federal government created 2 trillion dollars in relief, yet we still have a testing backlog. I wonder why that is?

  19. What happens to a family member (wife, child) of a player who tests positive. Will the family member have to wait in a three hour line for the test and then wait another 3-7 days for the results like the rest of us.

  20. The $75M should cover roughly “up to” 600k tests, or about $125 per test. But the per test cost could also be far higher.

    That’s up to 120 tests/day, for 32 teams, for roughly 6 months, factoring bye weeks and a January with dwindling teams.

    Whether teams actually use their 120 allotted tests per day is another matter, which could commensurately increase the cost per test. Maybe early on they do, but that number diminishes obviously after roster cuts and if the league opts to go every other day at some point as they said they may do.

  21. I’m all for spending our resources wiser, helping schools, etc. but the NFL is a business. They’re not about anyone else except making profits. $75 million for a few billion in return is a great investment.

    Why do we expect private businesses to donate to the greater good of the economy/people? That’s what our government should be doing. I’m sure our governments are more wasteful than the NFL…overpaying contractors, failed projects, poor fund allocation, etc.

  22. canadapackers says:
    July 21, 2020 at 11:05 am
    This is another example of the fact that sports rule the world. It takes a few weeks to get an MRI for the normal people but our sports figures get one the next day. Now it takes 5 or 6 days to get the results of a COVID test after staying in a queue for hours, so the NFL players will get an immediate test and the results – because you cant have the whole crew sitting and waiting. Money talks.
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    If you had a doctor working for you, then you’d get your MRI results back faster, because he could interpret them immediately. If you had a group of COVID testers working only for you, then you wouldn’t have to wait days for results. Is this all surprising to you?

  23. thisismy5thaccount says:
    July 21, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    for FLU testing that has killed 0 pro athletes? Waste.
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    I know a guy who keeps saying stuff like this over the last several weeks.

    He has a high school education, no scientific or medical training, background or understanding of any kind and yet is absolutely convinced he knows more about this than Fauci, the Surgeon General, etc. SMH.

  24. It is no the NFL’s obligation to pay for high school or anyone else. They are trying to keep a business going. I would like to enjoy football, with fans or without this season. If other businesses want to remain or become open, let them incur the cost. The NFL is not costing me tax dollars or preventing me from being tested.

  25. Stories like this make me want to throw up. Money talk$. The rest of us don’t matter.

  26. The NFL players won’t be living in a “bubble”. When they leave their facilities they will be going home and out into their communities. I don’t understand why everyone here is so upset that their testing will get priority.
    Them getting tested every day helps everyone else and gives them the best chance of completing their season. Isn’t that what everyone claims they want?

  27. 2.5 million dollars per team, on top of not having fan revenue, depressed sales of merchandise, and potential huge hit to tv ratings.

  28. With most people waiting multiple days, even weeks, to get test results, highly-paid professional football players getting daily tests is going to be a PR nightmare for the league.

  29. thelinestartsheretokissmyass says:
    July 21, 2020 at 4:01 pm
    When did we become such a nation of whiners?

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    1776 when we protested our tea being too highly taxed (among a few other things of course). Whether we traded one tyrant living 3000 miles away for 3000 living a mile away is another question altogether.

  30. I’m all for spending our resources wiser, helping schools, etc. but the NFL is a business. They’re not about anyone else except making profits. $75 million for a few billion in return is a great investment.

    Why do we expect private businesses to donate to the greater good of the economy/people? That’s what our government should be doing. I’m sure our governments are more wasteful than the NFL…overpaying contractors, failed projects, poor fund allocation, etc.
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    Obviously it’s good investment for the NFL. And no one expects the NFL to do something for the greater good. But I would expect that during a time of crisis that some rules or understanding would be in place that something that is a vital limited resource like Covid tests would be distributed by best use and greatest need. I’m not one for massive government regulation but I think exceptions should be made in times of crisis. The companies that make the tests and sell them should have them go to places of greatest need (I don’t know…managed by the CDC or something). MLB said they were going to convert one of their PED testing laboratories into a Covid test site. This was said to not impact the testing going on for the public (essential workers, front line workers etc…). But then the testing by their own lab was too slow for MLB teams. So those teams started to pay money to local testing labs and essentially jump to the head of the line and do what they said they wouldn’t and hold up testing times.

  31. Why are we testing people who are not sick?
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    Seriously, you haven’t read about people who have no symptoms ie , are asymptotic , yet have the disease and are capable of infecting others???
    I dummied it down for you so you could understand the concept.

  32. allforfunnplay says: “So those teams started to pay money to local testing labs and essentially jump to the head of the line and do what they said they wouldn’t and hold up testing times.”
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    Nonsense.

    Your government could always offer these premium level testing to the general public with 24hr turnover time. However, they CHOSE NOT TO PAY for them.

    Don’t blame the NFL for “caring” more about their employees than your government cares about you.

  33. stairwaytoharvin says:
    July 21, 2020 at 5:01 pm
    thelinestartsheretokissmyass says:
    July 21, 2020 at 4:01 pm
    When did we become such a nation of whiners?

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    1776 when we protested our tea being too highly taxed (among a few other things of course). Whether we traded one tyrant living 3000 miles away for 3000 living a mile away is another question altogether.


    They didn’t whine in 1776. But today, if you announce a cure for breast cancer all you’ll hear is “what about MY cancer?”.

  34. Thelinestartsheretokissmyass says:
    July 21, 2020 at 6:26 pm
    They didn’t whine in 1776. But today, if you announce a cure for breast cancer all you’ll hear is “what about MY cancer?”.

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    Yes, they did. And we’ve progressed ever since due to these “whiners”. Women can vote because they “whined” about it. Workers have gotten better wages and working conditions because they “whined” about it. The civil rights movement was people “whining” as well. I honestly don’t understand you’re comment about cancer. As you saying everyone in unison would boo a cure for breast cancer? I hope not. Then again with a handle like yours who knows what you think.

  35. stairwaytoharvin says: “Yes, they did. And we’ve progressed ever since due to these “whiners”. Women can vote because they “whined” about it. Workers have gotten better wages and working conditions because they “whined” about it. The civil rights movement was people “whining” as well.”
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    Previous generations did MORE than just whine. They got up and did something about it. They protested. They organized. They fought.

    Sitting behind a screen complaining on social media is just plain whining and lazy. It accomplishes nothing, other than for the commenter to feel good about his/her virtue signaling.

  36. I live in Minnesota. I know all about protesting and making a difference, and then being called out for those protests. If you think our “whining” is bad, what does it say about the people whining about the whining?

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