NFL teams may be fined in the event of a coronavirus outbreak among unvaccinated players; Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will not add additional weeks to host rescheduled games; More than half of NFL teams have vaccinated over 80% of their players.
The NFL told teams that they could potentially lose the game due to the coronavirus outbreak among unvaccinated players, and players from both teams will not receive their salaries this week.
Goodell says the league is not expecting the addition of week 19 for games that cannot be rescheduled during the 18-week regular season.
However, among the consequences are fines.
“If a game cannot be rescheduled and canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players of one of the competing teams, the team experiencing the outbreak will be disqualified and considered to have played 16 games for the purposes of draft, opt-out priority, etc. . “, – says in the note Goodell.
“For the purposes of seeding the playoffs, the team that lost the match will be awarded the loss and the other team will be awarded the victory.”
In addition, players from both teams will not be paid compensation for a lost match, and the team responsible for canceling the game due to unvaccinated players will cover financial losses and face potential punishment from the commissioner’s office.
The league says more than half of its teams have a Covid-19 vaccination rate in excess of 80% of their players, and over 75% of their players are in the process of being vaccinated.
Other key points in the memo include:
The NFL regular season kicks off Thursday, September 9th, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl champion hosts the Dallas Cowboys.