The NFL is not playing around with COVID-19 anymore. A year after the virus forced the NFL to alter their schedule on the fly due to COVID-19 outbreaks, the league released their new, heavy-handed COVID-19 forfeiture rules.
The NFL announced that if a COVID-19 outbreak prevented a game from being played, the game would be forfeited and both teams would lose their game checks for the week. That’s right. Both teams walk away from the match without their weekly salary. The NFL will not bend over backwards this year to reschedule games like they did in 2020. If they can’t immediately find a shared bye week to play on, the game will be forfeited.
And a lot of money will be thrown out the window for the players.
Here’s more from today’s memo, which also says the team responsible for a canceled game because of an outbreak among unvaccinated players/staff will be responsible for financial losses and subject to potential discipline from the commissioner. Wow. pic.twitter.com/Q86a2WcG1K
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 22, 2021
Make no mistake, this is how the NFL is going to try and get the majority of players vaccinated before the season kicks off in a couple months. They can’t force players to get vaccinated, so they’re choosing to make the lives of unvaccinated players very uncomfortable.
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