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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has sent a letter to fans outlining the league's plans to play during the coronavirus pandemic. As veterans begin reporting to training camps this week, Goodell noted Monday how COVID-19 has “turned the world upside down.” ...

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Old 07-27-2020, 10:24 PM   #1
 
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Goodell sends letter to NFL fans explaining plans for season

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has sent a letter to fans outlining the league's plans to play during the coronavirus pandemic.


As veterans begin reporting to training camps this week, Goodell noted Monday how COVID-19 has “turned the world upside down.”

“COVID-19 will continue to present a major challenge to nearly every area of American life. Football is no exception,” Goodell wrote.

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Old 07-28-2020, 02:10 PM   #3
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With multiple guys opting out to prioritise family safety (rightfully so), why is the NFL still pushing this?

These are unforeseen times, acting as if a global pandemic isn't happening right now is absurd. At least postpone the season now and potentially start late.
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Old 07-28-2020, 02:25 PM   #4
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With multiple guys opting out to prioritise family safety (rightfully so), why is the NFL still pushing this?

These are unforeseen times, acting as if a global pandemic isn't happening right now is absurd. At least postpone the season now and potentially start late.
Because advertisers want it, networks want it, and the vast majority of both players and fans want it. Why not?
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Old 07-28-2020, 02:28 PM   #5
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Because advertisers want it, networks want it, and the vast majority of both players and fans want it. Why not?
Because it's unsafe to do so and they are only thinking of money.
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Old 07-28-2020, 02:35 PM   #6
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Because it's unsafe to do so and they are only thinking of money.
Who is it so unsafe for? Perhaps some of the older coaches and staff IF there were no safety protocols. Testing is going to be so intensive and the protocols so strict that most people connected to the league would be safer playing than not playing, to be honest. And I have yet to hear of any of the players that have been tested as positive that were not asymptomatic.
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Who is it so unsafe for? Perhaps some of the older coaches and staff IF there were no safety protocols. Testing is going to be so intensive and the protocols so strict that most people connected to the league would be safer playing than not playing, to be honest. And I have yet to hear of any of the players that have been tested as positive that were not asymptomatic.
That being the case, it does not stop the fact that one lapse in protocol could effectively take an entire team down, not to mention those players potentially going home and putting loved ones at risk. I know a few people who have tested positive with little to no symptoms.

I just think it's a little irresponsible for them to go ahead and start. I want to watch the Saints play, but not at the risk of them losing a family member over it. Especially, when from Rogers perspective, it looks entirely money driven.
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That being the case, it does not stop the fact that one lapse in protocol could effectively take an entire team down, not to mention those players potentially going home and putting loved ones at risk. I know a few people who have tested positive with little to no symptoms.

I just think it's a little irresponsible for them to go ahead and start. I want to watch the Saints play, but not at the risk of them losing a family member over it. Especially, when from Rogers perspective, it looks entirely money driven.
That's where you are making your huge mistake in perception, diz. The protocols are multilayered. One lapse has no way of "taking down an entire team". Individual teams are going to be practicing in groups. They have to test negative for the day before even entering the facilities. They are all to be tested the day before a game, isolated in a hotel, even for home games, for a day and tested again the morning of the game. Testing is supposedly on-site so even on a non-rapid test the results will be known in half an hour at the outside. There is no way for any mass outbreaks whatsoever. It will be virtually impossible for an infected individual to come into contact with any other personnel.

The Marlins team that has all of the personnel that are testing positive did everything wrong. Believe it or not they actually let players who were known to be positive attend and take part in the game and practice.

As for family members, the players that do not opt out (not many so far) agree to isolate from any "at risk" family while basically living in shutdown mode for six months. As I pointed out earlier, their work environment will be safer than living a normal life without the season.

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Look at it this way, diz ... you and I likely have a far greater chance of contracting the virus going to Kroger or Rouse's than the team personnel have going to practices and games.
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Look at it this way, diz ... you and I likely have a far greater chance of contracting the virus going to Kroger or Rouse's than the team personnel have going to practices and games.
Especially if that Rouse's is in New Orleans!
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