NFL is willing to put teams in hotels for the rest of the season; will the NFLPA agree?

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Events of recent days make it more and more clear that the best way (perhaps the only way) to get all 256 regular-season and 13 postseason games played this year will be to put all teams in hotels, immediately.

Per multiple sources, the NFL gladly would do that. The question is whether the NFL Players Association would agree to it.

As one source explained it to PFT, the NFLPA balked during July negotiations at a Thursday-to-Sunday team-by-team bubble. The union likely would balk at a continuous bubble for the balance of the season.

The players may feel differently. Faced with game checks that will be lost for good if games are cancelled, staying in a hotel for the next three months seems to be an acceptable sacrifice. The NBA is doing it. The NHL has done it. If the NFL wants to have a full and complete season, the NFL needs to do it, too.

As another source noted earlier today, putting all players, coaches, and essential personnel in a hotel for the rest of the season should re-open the window on opting out, with some sort of financial benefit if they choose not to embrace staying in a hotel for the rest of the year. But even if another cluster of players decides to tap out as 32 bubbles form, that’s better than eventually having to cancel games or entire weeks or, as a worst-case scenario, to end the season prematurely.

47 responses to “NFL is willing to put teams in hotels for the rest of the season; will the NFLPA agree?

  1. I think what all sports is gonna have to be played during the summer till they get this figured out a few years down the road.

  2. Could a small resort setting be used to house the teams, staff & their families? Surely the resorts could use a little boost, you could even accommodate the kids w private schooling etc.

  3. The season has worked better than I expected, but luck is starting run out.
    Football involves more players and staff and more contact than any other of the major sports.
    This would suggest that they ought to be even more careful than baseball or basketball.
    The bubble (or bubbles) would seem the way to make this work. And fairness would demand players be allowed to opt-out. Everybody has a different personal/family situations.
    Hopefully they can keep it going. Missed football more than I had realized.

  4. They need to do this if they want to finish this season. If they don’t completely isolate the teams, we will see games cancelled every week until they are forced to end the season.

    It’s no longer a matter of what they want to do. The virus is dictating the terms. Isolate or get infected. It’s that simple.

  5. The Chargers and Chiefs bye is in week 10, so they should move it to week 6 when the Patriots have their game. Then, they should move Patriots vs. Chiefs to week 10, and you have your solution on this one. This season was not well thought out at all.

  6. What’s going on here? Is this the 2nd wave the doctors have feared? Seems to me schools opening too soon is jump starting this again. Many players have school aged kids. It really is disappointing. Also seems a bubble is the only hope to finish the season.

  7. “acceptable sacrifice” seems like “minor surgery” which is typically defined as surgery on someone else.

  8. Divisonal bubbles.

    Each division gathers at hotels around one stadium, preferably a dome, and hash out the season.

  9. Clearly the current model of letting everybody do what they like isn’t working out. The bubbles have worked well for the NHL and NBA. MLB managed to get by with a less restrictive system, but they have smaller rosters and the cancellation of a game or two hurts the baseball season much less.

  10. If the NFLPA says Player Safety first then why wouldnt they agree, unless they are hypocrites and they don’t really mean what they say.

  11. Didn’t the NFL already suggest this, along with putting up 100 FA’s in a separate hotel?

    I thought it was a good idea, it’s not ideal by any means, but it might be the only way the season gets done

  12. The NFL is in a “Oh crap” moment. The only other solution, is to cancel a whole week at a time then push the season out farther if needed. If it means playing the SuperBowl in March or even April, so be it. All the other sports had to modify things. Just look at the sports bonanza we had the last 2 weeks. NHL Finals, NBA playoffs/Finals, MLB season finished/playoffs started. Could you imagine the Superbowl being played on the same weekend as the Final Four. This pandemic has completely messed up our sports routine.

  13. Players don’t get a paycheck for games that don’t happen. It’s in the players best interest to isolate, especially if the owners foot the hotel bill.

    The problem is the union. Unions frequently don’t operate for the best interest of their members. In other words, they’re going to want ridiculous concessions, even though agreeing is just common sense.

  14. This was probably an option the NFLPA nixed before the season, now they may not have a choice if they still want to play. Seems strange there was no positives after thousands of tests, then one last week and now all of a sudden a load of them. What happened this past week?

  15. My son just spent 8 months in the cramped confines of a US aircraft carrier and he’s not paid millions of dollars. If these whiny babies can’t take living in a luxury hotel for 3 months then go ahead get Covid, no one gives a you know what

  16. Another two teams contracting the virus ala the current New England snafu will prompt action, BUT not yet.

    One isolated incident won’t move the needle to panic (or action by Roger G. and the owners/NFLPA.

  17. NFL to NFL players. You will spend the next 3 months in a 5 star luxury hotel/resort or not get paid.

  18. The NFL is only covid-strong as it’s weakest link – and there are a lot of weak links. I’m not sure even hotels will be effective.

  19. If they put them inside hotels, there will be a lot more outbreaks. What they’re doing now is working. They just need to do a better job of enforcing the existing rules, and suspending violators for the rest of the season. You’d be shocked at how quickly they get the message.

  20. 3 games in and this crap storm is forming. They will NEVER make it week 8 if they don’t do something.

  21. Teams have 50+ players and staff so not going to happen.
    NBA had bumped up to 17 players plus staff, so that is like 27 to 30 people. MLB didn’t do a bubble.

    Can’t let the guys that test positive be physically around. They will just have to do virtual meetings to stay involved same if coach gets it.

  22. This is no different than the MLB,… Coaches and team front offices are responsible for keeping their players on the straight and narrow. They need to act like parents and force these guys to stay home when away from the team headquarters. That’s what the MLB did. And for the mostpart,…. it worked well. The players and staff need to stay isolated when away from team offices, practices, and the locker rooms. Stay home !! Order out for food and other supplies. You can afford it. To put players in hotels is inflaming the situation. Players with families will revolt. If they need to do the hotel thing,… you might as well cancel the season.

  23. Does the team’s win-loss record decide the quality of the hotel? That would be bad news for the Jets…….having to stay at Motel 6.

  24. I don’t know why they would go to all that trouble. Not only does the virus affect virtually no one, and football players are big, strong, young & healthy…but we’ve turned the corner and it’s almost over. I was told that November 3rd would be the last day of the virus.

  25. The Lombardi trophy will be given to whomever can still field a team after week 17.

  26. deadinbed says:
    October 3, 2020 at 2:12 pm
    No way the NFLPA agrees unless “Bubble Girls” are included.

    —————————

    Interesting. Why do you assume everyone on an NFL roster is hetero?

  27. The league painted themselves into a corner thanks to the arrogance of going full speed ahead on a 16 game regular season. The logistics of a bubble (or multiple bubbles) would have been difficult, but not impossible (money shouldn’t have been a factor). The fact that they didn’t even tweak the schedule with multiple strategically placed bye weeks to allow for this very situation is ridiculous. I think the league letting it be known they’d be more than happy to pay for hotels is a PR move, and nothing more. If/when the season comes crashing down, they don’t want fingers pointing at Park Ave.

  28. all players have to do is NOT GO TO PARTIES, SOCIAL DISTANCE, AND WEAR A MASK. There is no need for hotels! All people have to do is not pretend a pandemic doesn’t exist or that the pandemic doesn’t matter. THAT GOES FOR ALL OF US. THIS IS REAL, IT IS HAPPENING, SORRY LIFE SUCKS. We all get on board, the virus goes away faster. Solve that problem, you don’t need hotels.

  29. The only way this happens is if the NFL and nflpa agree to a new opt out date for players currently playing and that players opting out will accrue a full season of service for games already played and their contract wont be tolled.

  30. hellooooooooooobrooklyn says:

    October 3, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    deadinbed says:
    October 3, 2020 at 2:12 pm
    No way the NFLPA agrees unless “Bubble Girls” are included.

    —————————

    Interesting. Why do you assume everyone on an NFL roster is hetero?

    ———
    Look at that a SJW making stuff up, why is that not surprising. The OP never said everyone is hetero you assumed that. What is interesting is that you dont know how a vote works. If the majority wanted “bubble girls” and a minority(which is the case) wanted “bubble guys” guess which would be asked for? Yup what the majority wants.

  31. I blame the owners, NFL brainpower, and union for not having a Plan ‘B’ in place. Did they think they were going to sneak 17 weeks and playoffs in before players became sick from the pandemic?

  32. Sunday Swami says:
    October 3, 2020 at 6:57 pm
    hellooooooooooobrooklyn says:

    October 3, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    deadinbed says:
    October 3, 2020 at 2:12 pm
    No way the NFLPA agrees unless “Bubble Girls” are included.

    —————————

    Interesting. Why do you assume everyone on an NFL roster is hetero?

    ———
    Look at that a SJW making stuff up, why is that not surprising. The OP never said everyone is hetero you assumed that. What is interesting is that you dont know how a vote works. If the majority wanted “bubble girls” and a minority(which is the case) wanted “bubble guys” guess which would be asked for? Yup what the majority wants.

    ———————

    Far from an SJW. Furthest thing from the left. It was a valid question. The better answer would have been, if the NFLPA wishes to allow bubble companions, gender notwithstanding, then so be it. Why would it have to be one gender or the other? That makes no sense

  33. No way the NFLPA will agree to this unless a constantly changing list of women are allowed in the “hotel bubble” which kinda defeats the purpose.

  34. Tonyontilt. The only problem of your thought is, all players have kids in school. School was not in session during summer games.

  35. hellooooooooooobrooklyn says:

    October 3, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Sunday Swami says:
    October 3, 2020 at 6:57 pm
    hellooooooooooobrooklyn says:

    October 3, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    deadinbed says:
    October 3, 2020 at 2:12 pm
    No way the NFLPA agrees unless “Bubble Girls” are included.

    —————————

    Interesting. Why do you assume everyone on an NFL roster is hetero?

    ———
    Look at that a SJW making stuff up, why is that not surprising. The OP never said everyone is hetero you assumed that. What is interesting is that you dont know how a vote works. If the majority wanted “bubble girls” and a minority(which is the case) wanted “bubble guys” guess which would be asked for? Yup what the majority wants.

    ———————

    Far from an SJW. Furthest thing from the left. It was a valid question. The better answer would have been, if the NFLPA wishes to allow bubble companions, gender notwithstanding, then so be it. Why would it have to be one gender or the other? That makes no sense

    ——-
    You may be in denial but when that’s the 1st thing that pops into your head and it’s not even what the OP stated then not only are you a SJW your 1 of the biggest problems because you try to create an issue when there actually isnt one.

  36. @hellooooooooooobrooklyn also it wasnt a valid question because you distorted the OP as they never claimed everyone is hetero so it was a question meant to cause an argument. So maybe your a troll instead of a SJW, I guess that’s a possibility.

  37. The NFL should extend week 4 until all week 4 games are played. During that time set up a more comprehensive strategy to help keep players and staff safe.

  38. The average MLB and NHL player is just a lot smarter than the average moron playing LB or defensive back. Sorry but these guys are too dumb to work within a bubble.

    Luckily for them, barely any of them will even get sick.

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