NFL, NFLPA and team facilities will be closed on Election Day

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49ers CEO Jed York indicated earlier this year that he would make Election Day a day off for his team so that everyone would be free to vote.

The 49ers won’t be alone in closing up shop on November 3. The NFL and NFLPA issued a joint statement on Thursday to announce that all league, union and team facilities will be closed on Election Day “to ensure that every member of the NFL family has an opportunity to exercise the precious right to vote.”

Recent weeks have seen NFL teams move to have their stadiums serve as polling places or fill other functions related to the election. Teams have also spoken about making sure everyone in the organization knows how to register to vote. Thursday’s statement mentions both of those initiatives as well as noting that the league and union will “identify safe and appropriate ways in which members of the NFL family can assist in election efforts.”

In addition to the election news, the NFL and NFLPA announced that a one-hour special on NBC next Wednesday will focus on “a platform for our players and allies to discuss the work that we are doing together to advance social justice and equality.” They also said teams will facilitate meetings with elected officials and law enforcement leaders to discuss ways to improve¬† relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

18 responses to “NFL, NFLPA and team facilities will be closed on Election Day

  1. Election day should be a National Holiday. The right to vote is a core tenet of our democracy.

  2. Hilarious. The entire country has found time to vote outside of their work day for 100 years. Now they need an entire day to show up at the polling location in their home district to file a 5 minute ballot? The guys in the NFL are something else. Shutter the season. Shutter the league.

  3. Somehow people who take both their job and right to vote seriously are able to do both. Why does it take a full day off to accomplish this?

  4. drinkblatz says:
    September 3, 2020 at 10:40 am
    Somehow people who take both their job and right to vote seriously are able to do both. Why does it take a full day off to accomplish this?

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    Sometimes people wait in long lines in inclement weather to vote. How would that square with their employers.

  5. Sometimes people wait in long lines in inclement weather to vote. How would that square with their employers.

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    If there are long lines then it would suggest that their employers are fine with it, otherwise they wouldn’t be standing in line, they’d be at work. Not sure why their employers would care about the weather conditions though.

  6. Its going to take everyone voting to overcome the way the gop is trying to suppress the vote and allow russia to spread false info.

  7. All of the snarky comments about people have been working and voting at the same time, are obviously ignoring that we have a president who’s literally trying to shut down the mail so that people can’t mail absentee votes against him, is asking law enforcement to go to the polls in areas that he knows he’s not favored to intimidate people into not voting and that his family is buying voting machines to change votes.

    This is a seminal moment in American history and the NFL is stepping up. It’s going to be as hard to vote for even white Americans as it was for my black family from the south being forced to count the number of jelly beans in a jar or take a test that white voters didn’t or were attacked with dogs when they went to vote.

    This appears to be a joke to the majority of you here, but you enjoy the benefits of what my ancestors and others did to provide everyone an equal opportunity to vote.

    For once, think about the country and people beyond yourselves!

  8. Learning that a lot of pro athletes in this league and others weren’t even registered to vote has put a new perspective on their “activism”. Maybe “slactivism” is a better term. Spending more time tweeting and asking the league to do things than hitting the pavement to create change.

    I know some players are active in the community with their money and foundations. But it’s a bit frustrating to have been politically active myself – voting every time, issue advocacy, canvassing – and to be hearing complaints, lectures and judgments from guys who haven’t even bothered to vote.

    I’m glad to hear they’re putting a priority on it now. By sitting out to date, they’ve been part of the problem.

  9. I agree with the folks above saying election days should be national holidays. I don’t get the “if you care about voting, you’ll find a way to do it” mentality. Voting isn’t a test of how much one cares. It’s a civil right that should be as easy and accessible as possible, for everyone.

    There are many people whose jobs limit their access on election day. Older people, disabled people, people with illnesses, people traveling, people who simply have challenges getting to polling places (transportation, costs, etc.) shouldn’t be disqualified from voting.

    Especially this year, with COVID reducing the numbers of election judges and and voter-suppression tactics in state legislatures limiting the number of polling places (creating access problems and long lines), opening up access in as many ways as possible is important.

  10. I wonder if there would be this much encouragement and advertising to vote if the Democrats controlled the white house.

  11. 50Stars says:
    September 3, 2020 at 10:10 am
    Hilarious. The entire country has found time to vote outside of their work day for 100 years. Now they need an entire day to show up at the polling location in their home district to file a 5 minute ballot? The guys in the NFL are something else. Shutter the season. Shutter the league.

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    No kidding. For years I commuted 2 hours each way with 2 small kids and still found a way to get it done. People are so soft these days

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