Goodell orders NFL teams to close facilities

Tanya Simon
March 25, 2020

Those plans, however, could be jeopardized by the teams' reluctance to proceed as scheduled.

The GM subcommittee voted 6-1 to approve the recommendation to delay the draft, according to ESPN.

The New York Giants and the New York Jets, for example, would not be able to access their buildings during draft night, as New Jersey is now under lockdown. The league has moved back only one league meeting and canceled public, draft-related events in Las Vegas. The league did announce last week that the draft will no longer be held in Las Vegas as originally planned. The draft is still expected to be televised.

"The challenges we face are not unique", Goodell said in the letter.

General managers are reportedly concerned there won't be enough time to gather information about prospects before the draft because of safety precautions surrounding physicals and workouts due to the pandemic.

Coronavirus pandemic is accelerating
Federation Internationale de Football Association has also contributed $10 million to the WHO's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. It is exceptionally important that countries like India lead the way to show the world what can be done.

In further efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to all NFL teams on Tuesday night notifying them that all club facilities would be closed at 6 p.m. ET Wednesday, with limited exceptions, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.

Of course, many teams had already closed up shop, and others had limited personnel at their facilities.

The directives will be reviewed on April 8 after consulting public health authorities and medical experts. Teams are free to continue normal business operations, the report said, and free agency has continued apace, even with players previously prohibited from visiting team facilities.

"Many businesses and individuals throughout the country are experiencing and addressing similar issues". "Please be assured that the National Football League is well-positioned to meet these operational challenges as we prepare to offer our fans and the country an outstanding 2020 National Football League season".

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