The NFL has sent a warning out to teams: If there’s a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated personnel on your roster, it could result in a forfeit if the game cannot be rescheduled.
The league made its firm stance clear on Thursday went it sent a memo out to teams. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the memo outlined the league’s procedure for dealing with games affected by COVID-19.
In short: If there’s an outbreak in your facility that resulted from an unvaccinated staffer or player, the league will not add an extra week to the season to make up the game. If the game cannot be rescheduled elsewhere in the 18-game schedule, that game will result in a forfeit loss for the team with the outbreak.
The forfeited game will count as a loss in terms of playoff seeding for the team with the outbreak and a win for the opposing team.
On top of that, a team with an outbreak among unvaccinated players/staff would also “be responsible for all additional expenses incurred by the opposing team.” Additionally, players for both teams will not receive their weekly salary,” per the memo.
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However, the league did note that it will be more lenient if an outbreak stems from vaccinated personnel.
The New England Patriots were among the teams affected by the COVID-19 outbreak during the 2020 season. The Patriots’ Week 4 game against the Kansas City Chiefs was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, but was made up the following week, which was already a bye week for New England.
However, that was when the league was more forgiving in moving games around to accommodate outbreaks. If Thursday’s memo is any indication, there will be much less forgiveness this time around.
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Dear NFL—who do you think gives a damn anymore? Forfeit the whole season—who cares?
You took the words right out of my mouth. I stopped watching most pro sports years ago. My world doesn’t revolve around what those highly expensive “entertainment” venues have to offer. I just could care less.
Better yet, JUST QUIT totally. WE no longer care about you, OR YOUR overpaid HACKS that you have playing it. IN fact, i’d call for a nation day of CELEBRATION, the day the NFL goes into the permanent trash heap of history!
The NFL, who desecrates the American Flag, the symbol of our freedom, by not standing for our National Anthem. The NFL who is woke, the NFL which supports blm (founded by Marxists). The NFL is going to play the Black national anthem. The NFL is racist. The NFL can go to a place where the devil lives, a place called ****.
What’s the policy concerning the vaccinated who come down with COVID like the Democrats on the plane?
What policy. NO RULE, no laws, no policy ever seems to apply to demon-rats.
They also will be fining any player that doesn’t stand or is not present when the BLM anthem is played
I wouldn’t be surprised one bit, to see them do that bull.
I stopped watching the N-effing-L several years ago, so this does not matter to me. Other than giving me a place to say I stopped watching the N-effing-L several years ago.
You’re dumber than a rock if you think Nationality & Race are the same thing.
The Star Spangled Banner prompts a nation. The other song prompts a race. So, is the NFL planning to play 4 additional Race anthems to recognize all basic races in the world? I know I’d like to hear the Caucasian anthem.