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What Will the NFL Do to Combat the Coronavirus?

Ryan Beltran

Posted on August 2, 2020 01:49

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Sports have started to open up here in America, from the NBA to the MLB, and the NFL will soon start a little more than a month from now with the current pandemic still ongoing.

In recent news, not only a week after the MLB season officially started, 17 Miami Marlins players have reportedly been tested positive for COVID-19. Five games have also been postponed since last Sunday and this has led to questions about whether the MLB can even continue their season.

Related to the latest updates on the MLB, the NFL plans to go through with its presumed start of the regular season on September 10, but if the NFL wants to provide the usual quality Sunday football to loyal fans this upcoming season during this pandemic, it must establish a better plan to ensure the safety of its players, because their current efforts look to not be satisfactory enough.

This week the NFL announced that the usual four-week NFL preseason every August would be cancelled; most likely for precaution because of the virus. To add to that, many teams across the league have decided in-game attendance would be limited or even nonexistent for the 2020 NFL regular season.

August 4 will be the official deadline for players to decide if they want to sit out the year. There have already been more than 20 players who have decided to do so. These players include longtime Patriots safety Patrick Chung, three-time pro-bowl linebacker Dont’a Hightower, and Eagles wide receiver Marquise Goodwin.

Compared to other sports leagues like rival NBA and European soccer leagues, the NFL still seems to be very relaxed in their approach in handling the threat of COVID-19 and has not been clear on what to do. The league has stated they would instill avid testing and safety measures, but many players still feel it still isn’t enough.

In the NBA's bubble in Orlando, the strict approach of demanding its players to stay inside the Disneyland resort area and clear guidelines has proved to be at least successful for the time being. The NBA has been sending the message that any player that breaks protocol would face disciplinary measures.

For example, this past week Los Angeles Clipper guard Lou Williams was punished with a ten day quarantine because he controversially went out of the bubble and went out for “wings” in an Orlando strip club. 

Just based on the evidence we have seen, it seems like the best way in keeping sports functioning during these times is from what we have seen from the NBA and soccer leagues across Europe.

I still very much believe the NFL will have its season, but they must really improve their efforts in enforcing a well-executed plan, because it isn’t just about the players' well-being, but setting a good example to America in general.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on August 2, 2020 01:49

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