NFL still plans to play in California, despite air quality concerns

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Despite raging wildfires leading to poor air quality, the NFL still plans to play two games in California on Sunday.

The league is continuing to monitor the situation but currently still expects to be able to play the Cardinals-49ers game in Santa Clara on Sunday afternoon and the Cowboys-Rams game in Inglewood at night.

Santa Clara currently has an air quality index of 186 and Inglewood currently has an AQI of 159, both of which are considered unhealthy.

The NFL has moved a game because of wildfires before, when a San Diego Chargers game moved to Arizona. But in that case the Chargers’ stadium and parking lot were being used for evacuees and rescue workers. That’s not an issue for the 49ers’ and Rams’ stadiums, and so it appears the games will go on.

19 responses to “NFL still plans to play in California, despite air quality concerns

  1. CA needs that income tax revenue from the players, apparently clean air for their health isn’t necessary. I guess that decades of bad policy and led to a mass exodus and CA needs to squeeze dollars over health.

  2. The NFL needs to negotiate a one year deal to sell the NFL TICKET. I’m not going to a bar, risking my life, to watch a game. That means I’ll be checked out during much of the season!

  3. “Decades of bad policy”?? Just 31 counties in California represent 32.5% of the entire nation’s GDP, so what exactly is it that you think you’re talking about? This so-called ‘mass exodus’ isn’t going to change any of that. We don’t care. Don’t move here. We don’t need you.

  4. CA needs that income tax revenue from the players, apparently clean air for their health isn’t necessary. I guess that decades of bad policy and led to a mass exodus and CA needs to squeeze dollars over health.
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    How many ways can you be wrong in one comment?

    1) It’s the NFL, not the state, that determines whether teams play as scheduled or move.

    2) California “donates” billions of federal tax dollars to red states (as many blue states do) every year. If CA kept all their taxes in state, they’d be doing great.

    3) Pre-Covid, California actually had a state budget surplus of almost $2B (2019).

    Try. Again.

  5. As the Federal Government runs a massive deficit (even before COVID), no one in the country is contributing money to anyone. We are funded by debt (much of it from foreign investors). So we can end the tired line about blue going to red. Everyone is living on borrowed money and that needs to stop. Yes, quite natural that “blue” states would pay more in taxes as they generally have much higher costs of living due to large cities, so the people have to earn a ton more to (maybe) attain the same standard of living as someone in a lower cost environment. The federal government doesn’t tax based on cost of living, just how much you make. And with a progressive income tax, make more, pay more as a percentage of what you make. Simple math (as that seems to be a popular topic in this article, math).

  6. All states have to run breakeven or a surplus. They are not allowed to deficit spend, right? So having a budget surplus every year isn’t anything to write home about.

  7. Well, if the AQI needs to be below 200 for them to safely play and if in fact tomorrow it’s below 200, then let’s play. If it’s above then they shouldn’t play.

    That was easy.

  8. 2) California “donates” billions of federal tax dollars to red states (as many blue states do) every year. If CA kept all their taxes in state, they’d be doing great.

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    Blue states can do this by taxing their citizens out the wazoo. And they bloat the local government yet beg for more fed assistance to clean up their streets. And they blame red states for taking money ….

  9. For the person who wrote:

    “The NFL needs to negotiate a one year deal to sell the NFL TICKET. I’m not going to a bar, risking my life, to watch a game. That means I’ll be checked out during much of the season!”

    Solution: NFL Rewind is $79 per year. I watch my team by 1 pm PT for its 10 am game that I, obviously, only need to delay seeing by 3 hours.

  10. pandemic, air quality issues, social unrest…and the NFL doesn’t flinch…not sure if i should give them a hard for being so arrogant or kudos for a can do attitude…

  11. The air quality here in Seattle is terrible. Your lungs would be on fire if you played football in this. Can’t imagine how. It is in SF.

    It’s a regional game that barely anyone is going to see on TV. Outside of NorCal and AZ the rest of the country is getting Tompa Bay vs NO. Seems East to move the game to AZ. The imbalance of home/away later in the year doesn’t really matter since there won’t be fans.

  12. Bad Ratings…

    Yeah… nobody watched Thursday night aside from the 20 million the game pulled while competing with the NBA playoffs…

  13. Time for the rest of the country to charge a tax to CA for pollution due to their horrible forest management

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