NFL and NFLPA enact rule banning certain off-court activities with stiff penalties for violators, compared

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Some of the elements that needed to be eliminated between the NFL and the NFLPA starting training camp as planned was complex, and often excessively. However, other questions seemed a bit more entrenched in the right direction and relied heavily on gamers just doing the right thing amid the ongoing (and once again rising) COVID-19 pandemic. To help push them in the right direction is a new clause that would have been accepted by both parties, and it involves potential punishment for players who participate in activities that put them at a higher risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. .

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, players are prohibited from engaging in such activities, including, but not limited to, attending bars and / or nightclubs, organizing or performing. attend parties and indoor concerts where more than 15 people will be present, as well as a ban on professional sporting events and even indoor religious services with a capacity exceeding 25%. There are some obvious caveats, in that players are allowed to take food from a bar and the professional sporting event they can attend would be theirs.

If a player were found in violation of this new subset of COVID-19 rules, they could be subject to a fine and apparently would not be paid for missed games if they subsequently tested positive. As it stands, players who test positive would be held in a separate section of the injury report, but still paid. High risk behavior off the pitch would not only void this right to sideline compensation, but possibly void future guaranteed funds as well.

The latter is an extremely poignant position, as it reflects what would happen if a player were suspended, i.e. often giving the affected team the right to void the guaranteed money.

As far as enforcing the social activity rule goes, well, it’s up to the teams to decide how they’ll keep their players online. While it’s entirely possible, they’ll be keeping a stern eye on franchise players. the absence of which could put them completely at a competitive disadvantage for more than two weeks or more, most of the roster would simply be at the mercy of a world driven by social media and a camera in each hand waiting to catch a glimpse of an NFL player making the bad thing. The good news for players is avoiding penalties is pretty straightforward and straightforward, in that all that needs to be done is what they should have done so far anyway: stay home when this is possible, take social distances and avoid high-risk gatherings and establishments.

In other words, as the NFL and NFLPA try to limit the number of positive tests during training camp and the regular season, stay home or risk both your health. and your paychecks.

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