The NFL and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) recently agreed on a condition that will help prevent the players from contracting the coronavirus and spreading it once the 2020 season begins.
According to the Pro Football Talk featured in NBC Sports:
“Per multiple sources, the deal specifically prohibits players from engaging in certain behaviors this season. Players cannot attend indoor night clubs, indoor bars (except to pick up food), indoor house parties (with 15 or more people), indoor concerts, professional sporting events, or indoor church services that allow attendance above 25 percent of capacity.
Players can be fined for violating these rules. Moreover, if they test positive after engaging in prohibited activities, they will not be paid for the games they miss. Also, future guarantees in their contracts would be voided.”
One source told PFT that “Every player should delete social media.”
NFL training camps are set to open after the league and the players’ union reached agreement on several issues, including future salary cap mechanisms and how players can opt out of the upcoming season because of the coronavirus.
Players who decide they want to opt out have until Aug. 3 to do so, and they will receive a stipend from the owners. The amount of the stipend will be $350,000 for medical opt outs and $150,000 for voluntary opt outs.
Within hours of the agreement being made, Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first player to opt out. He’s choosing to put his medical degree to use on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.