Prohibited pandemic conduct for players applies to all Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel

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The final agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association includes specific prohibitions on player behavior while away from work. The NFLPA insisted on those prohibitions applying to non-players, too.

The NFL agreed. The teams have advised their non-player personnel of the specific things that they cannot do this season.

The notice, a copy of which PFT has obtained, applies to all Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel.

First, non-players in Tier 1 and Tier 2 can be fined or suspended for committing any of the following violations of the COVID-19 protocols: (1) refusing to submit to COVID-19 testing; (2) refusing to wear a mask or other required personal protection equipment; (3) refusing to wear the tracking device; and (4) refusing to maintain physical distancing in the team facility or while traveling with the team.

Second, non-players in Tier 1 and Tier 2 can be fined or suspended for engaging in certain high-risk behaviors, such as: (1) attending an indoor night club unless wearing PPE and there are no more than 10 people present; (2) attending an indoor bar (other than to pick up food) unless wearing PPE and there are no more than 10 people in the bar; (3) attending house gatherings of more than 15 people without all guests wearing masks or PPE or where social distancing for more than 10 people is impossible; (4) attending an indoor music concert/entertainment event; (5) attending a professional sporting event (other than applicable NFL games or events) unless seated in a separated seating section, such as a suite or owner’s box, wearing PPE, and there are no more than 10 people in that separate seating section; and (6) attending an event that is prohibited by state and/or local regulation, executive order or law implemented due to COVID-19.

Non-players are subject to discipline that is “comparable” to player discipline for the same infractions. Also, the Commissioner may impose discipline on any team that fails to impose discipline on non-players who violate the relevant rules.

The NFLPA insisted on the rules applying to non-players as well as players. Apparently, some coaches are upset about this, but why should they be? If the players are expected to adjust their behavior based on the pandemic, the coaches and other non-players who will be in close proximity to the players should be expected to do the same thing.

11 responses to “Prohibited pandemic conduct for players applies to all Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel

  1. Wearing a tracking device???? If that’s where we are at, then this isn’t going to end well.

  2. What next…will De Smith and his NFLPA demand that non-player personnel be represented by HIS union and pay dues?
    SMH.
    NFLPA has NO business whatsoever telling the NFL and its teams how to run their businesses.
    Does the NFL get to tell the NFLPA how to handle its business? No.
    So the NFLPA cannot be allowed to have it every way they want it.

  3. Why does the cart (NFLPA) get to drive the horse (NFL)?
    Since when do the employees get to tell the employer what to do?
    The NFL has 100% of the legal liability while the players have ZERO liability.
    THAT is the problem.
    If a player cavorts with some hag on his own time, is exposed to COVID, goes to training camp and exposes other players, coaches, staff, etc…guess who gets sued? The NFL even though it was the idiot PLAYER who caused the entire problem.
    At some point, PLAYERS must have some legal liability for their actions.

  4. I’ll bet my life that governments around the world will never relinquish the new systems of control.

  5. Tracking device? Never! Hell, I leave my phone at home when I go to firearms stores.

  6. conservativeconstitutionalist says:
    August 5, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    NFLPA has NO business whatsoever telling the NFL and its teams how to run their businesses.

    +++++

    The union negotiates terms with the NFL and the teams to reach agreements. Hence the three words the article begins with “The final agreement…”.

    The Players association said if the players are going to have to give up certain freedoms to keep everyone safe in the current situation, then other team employees have to do the same.

    Why is that a problem for you?

  7. “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

    Benjamin Franklin

  8. The tracking device is only for practices and games to measure speed and has been required since 2013. If someone tests positive they’ll use it to know who they were in close contact to during practice or games. Probably everyone but better than nothing

  9. Yeah, I initially was under the impression that the tracker was for when they were away from the facilities. I can’t imagine any players would have gone along with that.

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