The NFL owners met via a conference call today to discuss the problems facing the NFL 2020 season.
Hours later there was a report that one concession players had been fighting for was agreed to, with NFL owners agreeing to daily Covid-19 testing for players.
Here's a more complete story on the NFL's testing plans: https://t.co/tpCcCNNKkb— Judy Battista (@judybattista) July 20, 2020
Adam Schefter replied that the negotiations are getting closer on most issues.
While many have been skeptical that the NFL season would be able to start on time, any agreements that come out of today’s meeting will make it a lot more plausible.
From the article linked:
NFL players will be tested every day for the first two weeks of training camp, Dr. Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical officer, said in a conference call, and it is expected that players will need more than one negative test before first being allowed to enter team facilities.
At the two-week mark, the rate of positive tests for those tested — players, coaches and staff who are in close contact with the football team — will be examined and if the rate of positive tests is below 5 percent, testing will move to every other day. Training camp is set to begin for the entire league July 28.
The testing will be handled by a national lab, so the NFL testing will not affect testing availability in NFL cities.
With a testing plan in place, one of the major hurdles to getting players to report is cleared. Adam Schefter tweeted that more progress was being made.
Text just now from a league source: “Getting closer on most if not all issues.” https://t.co/zVggc2mHdu— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 20, 2020
This is good news for football fans, with MLB and NHL players already working with their teams, and actual games approaching, the NFL has little excuse for messing up the start of their season.
This article will be updated with any further breaking news from today’s owners meeting, so stay tuned to BTSC as more news about the 2020 season becomes available.
UPDATE: According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, players would have a two-day virtual session period between two days of testing.
That means for a veteran who reports July 28, a physical would occur no sooner than Aug. 1. A five-day on-boarding process before moving into strength and conditioning. https://t.co/PAwnNQszAv— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 20, 2020
A website has also been provided which outlines procedures HERE
UPDATE: The NFLPA has released a statement in regards to the Covid testing protocols.
Our statement on Covid-19 testing procedures: pic.twitter.com/6mYF3aK0jm— NFLPA (@NFLPA) July 20, 2020
UPDATE: After it was reported the NFL has offered zero preseason games, it has been reported the next issue on hand is about players who opt out of the season.
With agreements on preseason games and daily testing, NFLPA and NFL are pivoting to opt-out clauses - at-risk players will likely have a payout available but likely not a full salary, I’m told.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) July 20, 2020