NFL, NFLPA agreement includes specific prohibitions on player activities

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With the NFL and NFL Players Association striking a historic, on-the-fly CBA that covers 2020 and beyond, the two sides have come up with a way to ensure that players will practice personal responsibility in a pandemic.

Per multiple sources, the deal specifically prohibits players from engaging in certain behaviors this season. Players cannot attend indoor night clubs, indoor bars (except to pickup food), indoor house parties (with 15 or more people), indoor concerts, professional sporting events, or indoor church services that allow attendance above 25 percent of capacity.

Players can be fined for violating these rules. Moreover, if they test positive after engaging in prohibited activities, they will not be paid for the games they miss. Also, future guarantees in their contracts would be voided.

It will be interesting to see how teams enforce the rules. Some may use security officials to monitor local establishments or to track the behavior of players. Others may rely on contacts within the community to contact the team if/when violations are witnessed. Some may set up an NBA-style tip line.

As one source said on Saturday morning, “Every player should delete social media.”

Ultimately, the goal will be to avoid having players violate the rules and, in turn, to prevent them from testing positive and otherwise bringing the virus to the team. This will require coaches and team leaders to be very direct and clear regarding the behavior away from work that will be regarded as acceptable.

The teams that can best communicate that message, and that can best ensure compliance from all players, will be the ones most likely to minimize outbreaks.

18 responses to “NFL, NFLPA agreement includes specific prohibitions on player activities

  1. What if a player socializes with a person who violates all of the restrictions?

    A couple of weeks ago I read about a player traveling with his family, they picked up covid from a friend, then gave it to other family members.

    What if a players wife or friend goes to church or a crowded bar and gets infected.
    The player can get it and spread it.

    You need the people the player is to come in contact with to be in a bubble.

  2. Yeah…that’s gonna work.

    I thought that they were gong to be “in a bubble”, but they’re starting out poorly, able to have gatherings at homes of 14 people. Those 14 people are not in any bubble, and can easily spread it to the players.

  3. It’s a nice thought, but there’s way these guys can be disciplined for four months.

  4. If these restrictions are true-I’m amazed the Players agreed to them in the first place.

    I assume a third party will decide any cases?

  5. It is not realistic to have 32 teams, personnel and staff in a bubble from training camp through the Super Bowl. This is at best a happy medium but are we really kidding ourselves it’s a contact sport, there will be rampant cases of COVID with this approach. Outside of forgoing the season there is no solution that will 100% protect the players.

  6. So where are all of the know it all’s who said there would be no chance of football this year? Can’t wait for kickoff let’s go enough with the nonsense

  7. Somewhere Team Owners are chuckling , saying amongst themselves – let’s see if the players want to kneel now?!

  8. The NFL business as usual plan with a few tweaks to make it look good is gonna end in disaster. Today the CDC says 30,000 people will die within the next 3 weeks from covid and I wonder if all of pro sports coming back is a big reason why they are predicting that alarming number!

  9. If the player a prohibited from attending professional sports events, how are they going to play? It’s obvious there will be no season.

  10. it’s going to be a disaster and it’s going to make the league look like fools

  11. Well, there won’t be any pass Interference or sacks. That would violate the 6 foot rule. Also on 3rd down and inches, the d line will be 2 yards away. Easy way to pick up a first down

  12. Anybody really think they will play a season when the owners know if they play one game salaries are guaranteed for the year?

  13. I would expect to see some grievances filed if teams void guaranteed money.

  14. Too many people want their safety guaranteed. We live in a society of 360 million people. Take your chances and live with them.

  15. “Per multiple sources”, that ranks right up there with “I heard”!

  16. whostolemyxanax says:
    July 25, 2020 at 4:24 pm
    I would expect to see some grievances filed if teams void guaranteed money.

    Let them file away, they’ve probably got pre-printed grievance forms ready to go!

    This was covered in the agreement the NFLPA and NFL just came to concerning this years lost revenues and I’m sure those players will lose!

  17. You forgot one way players might be monitored, rival teams will assign people to watch opposing players!

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