National Football League instructs clubs to close team facilities

MARCH-23

The reasoning behind the push to move the draft back is because the general managers don't feel they are getting adequate time to properly vet this year's draft prospects because much of the country is on lockdown because of the coronavirus outbreak. Specifically, teams are concerned that there won't be enough time for "player physicals, gathering psychological testing, [and] getting further verified information about the players".

It doesn't take high-end logic (which qualifies me to engage in it) to draw a line from Goodell's decision to an argument from the league's G.M. subcommittee that the draft should be delayed. The draft is still expected to be televised.

The NFL instructed teams to close all facilities by 6 p.m. on Wednesday with limited exceptions until April 8, according to Tom Pelissero. "While this outcome is disappointing both to the NFL and to the Las Vegas community, we look forward to partnering with the Raiders, the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for a future NFL Draft".

Teams have concerns about being able to gather information on prospects considering team facilities are now closed and there are limits on travel and large gatherings as the world combats the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier, he reported the league planned to operate its April 23-25 draft from a studio setting.

Coronavirus cases hit 386,406 globally, death toll reaches 16,747
He said health workers can only do their jobs effectively when they can do their jobs safely. They're people, whose lives and families have been turned upside down.

"The challenges we face are not unique - many businesses and individuals throughout the country are experiencing and addressing similar issues", the memo reads.

At least 18,900 people have died globally, with more than 422,780 confirmed cases.

The 2020 National Football League season is due to begin on 10 September.

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