NFL reminds teams that rescheduled games could lead to sanctions

Getty Images

The NFL already has had an unprecedented number of rescheduled games. The NFL hopes that won’t continue.

In a memo sent to all teams on Friday by NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent, the league pointed out that it has “made more in-season scheduling modifications than in any previous season.”

“These adjustments have not caused significant disruption to the season,” Vincent writes. “As the season progresses, however, rescheduling options will become increasingly limited. Eventually, further adjustments will cause disruption and jeopardize our collective ability to complete the season within the current framework.”

As a result, Vincent reminds the various franchises that any club that compels the postponement of games based on “COVID protocol breaches, positive tests and/or numerous high-risk close contacts . . . risks negative competitive implications, including accountability measures being assessed against the offending club.”

Even without punishment, a team that has an outbreak could find itself at a competitive disadvantage based on teams being unable to adequately prepare for a game or to not have key players available. That’s precisely what could happen to the Raiders if their game against Tampa Bay proceeds on Sunday.

“The impact of one club’s protocol violations could affect the entire League, including postseason formatting and scheduling,” Vincent explains. “It will take all of us to successfully complete this season within the scheduled timeframe.”

Few believe the league will be able to play all 256 games within 17 weeks, but the league remains determined to make it happen. Through seven weeks, the league has not yet been required to move a game into an extra week of the season. As cold and flu season unfolds and as teams fall out of contention, a COVID-induced delay could become inevitable.

15 responses to “NFL reminds teams that rescheduled games could lead to sanctions

  1. The league set precedent when the Titans saw no punishment. This is all huffing and puffing

  2. Hahaha. After not punishing the Titans and the Raiders, other teams can ignore Goodell. I don’t care if Dak has a 2nd party during Covid with Zeke …. again. I bet everyone forgot about that. All they have to do is point to the other NFL Covid outbreaks, with video, that were given a stern talking to with no punishment.

  3. Good decision by the NFL. Cannot believe NFL players are not taking this seriously. Remember people; VOTE.

  4. Teams that aren’t accountable for complying with the protocols and find themselves with an outbreak; should have to forfeit games. This schedule shuffling is not fair to other teams who do comply

  5. The next time you think your team plays the Raiders and you think the Raiders got all the ref calls, check your self. We get nothing. The Titans get their games moved BACK twice other teams get moved back. The Raiders? Not only do they not get moved back, they get moved forward. When the Raiders win, they not only have to beat the other team, they have to beat the referee team and the league office. Total BS.

  6. Wow, in a season that’s already difficult for everyone the league feels this is necessary? So I guess when we catch Goodell without his mask somewhere, or out to dinner with people, he will sanction himself.

  7. It has been a minor inconvenience at best. Moreover, has there been one case that resulted in serious illness / hospilitization? S it possible the risk is overblown?

  8. darth3234 says:
    October 23, 2020 at 10:41 pm
    The next time you think your team plays the Raiders and you think the Raiders got all the ref calls, check your self. We get nothing. The Titans get their games moved BACK twice other teams get moved back. The Raiders? Not only do they not get moved back, they get moved forward. When the Raiders win, they not only have to beat the other team, they have to beat the referee team and the league office. Total BS.

    42 36 Rate This

    ————

    Try being a Pats fan with made up calls and rule changes during the game to match the call they want to go against the Pats.

    Disturbing as it just keep hapoening.

  9. No more rescheduling, just let them be forfeits here on out. Playoffs included. Say it now and stick to it, even if it is the Patriots or Bucs or Chiefs.

  10. As teams start to get eliminated from playoff contention and lose control of their players, the league will only be able to keep this season viable for teams still in contention by taking draft picks from teams with blatant offenders.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.