The NFL continues to operate with the hope that the 2020 season will begin as planned. That has been met with plenty of concerns aired out from the players that have raised questions about whether things will proceed forward without any delay. There is finally ground made in one key area that saw league commissioner Roger Goodell commit $75 million to help keep the upcoming season chugging ahead.
NFL players air health concerns ahead of 2020 season
The 2020 season continues to draw closer, but the health concerns remain a prominent issue,
That saw many notable players voice over the weekend that they have their doubts about playing football. JJ Watt, Tyrann Mathieu, Michael Thomas, Drew Brees, Jared Goff, Aaron Donald, and Russell Wilson, among others air out there concerns. The calculated move to see many players take to social media to voice their doubts directed at the lack of a sound health protocol plan from the league.
It is less than two months away from the 2020 season beginning, and there hadn’t been any set guidelines from the league. However, things have changed on that front as the NFLPA just forced Roger Goodell and the NFL’s hand.
Roger Goodell commits $75 million to COVID-19 Testing
The significant push on social media from many of the league’s most prominent players has guided things toward a necessary step forward.
Roger Goodell and the NFL have taken the steps toward agreeing to a structured plan for daily COVID-19 testing for the players. According to Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily, that will cost the league around $75 million to conduct it. (H/T Pro Football Talk)
According to Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily, the league expects to spend “about $75M” on these tests.
It’s a lofty commitment, but a much-needed one that will help give the players greater comfort with the safety protocols for the 2020 season. Along those lines, Pro Football Talk reported on Monday that BioReference Laboratories will charge a flat fee to cover up to 120 tests per team per day, which any extra tests will be at $125 each. On top of that, teams will pay 1/32nd of the total test fee and cover the entire cost for any additional test required.
It’s vitally important if the NFL hopes to play all 256 regular-season games and 13 postseason games in the 2020 season.
NFL must ensure coherent safety protocol
Although the NFL is making a move that will cost them a significant chunk of money, it’s a necessary requirement to get the 2020 season underway.
Other measures still need to be put in place, as there is a lack of an overall safety protocol from the league. The players are risking their health to play the game, which forced Roger Goodell and the NFL to comply with their request. Other matters still need to be handled, such as the expected pay cut, but this a significant move forward.
The league will lose money due to concerns over the coronavirus, but if they don’t approach it appropriately, things could become far worse. It’s a situation that nobody wants to be in, but other leagues such as the NBA, MLB, MLS, and NHL have made the best of it. The most critical aspect through it all is that the NFL listens to the players’ concerns and do what they can to provide the safest environment to play the game.
Ultimately, time will tell if Roger Goodell and the league continues to comply operates with the players’ best interest in mind.