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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Ever the early adopters, NFL tells teams their facilities must close for at least two weeks as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25th   (chicago.suntimes.com) divider line
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2020-03-25 4:24:00 PM  
Yes, pro football is soooooooo concerned with safety that this is really surprising they're looking the other way as long as possible.
 
2020-03-25 5:49:30 PM  
What the hell were they waiting for? $5 says someone tested positive for the virus and they're keeping it hushed up.
 
2020-03-25 7:05:12 PM  
And yet the NFL insists the draft will still happen as scheduled. Good luck with that one, Goodell, especially if/when a bunch more governors shut their states down and/or the Cheetohead initiates a nation-wide travel ban.
 
2020-03-25 7:12:54 PM  

ClavellBCMI: And yet the NFL insists the draft will still happen as scheduled. Good luck with that one, Goodell, especially if/when a bunch more governors shut their states down and/or the Cheetohead initiates a nation-wide travel ban.


What are you talking about? The country will be back in business in time to pack the pews on Easter Sunday.
 
2020-03-25 7:16:00 PM  

max_pooper: ClavellBCMI: And yet the NFL insists the draft will still happen as scheduled. Good luck with that one, Goodell, especially if/when a bunch more governors shut their states down and/or the Cheetohead initiates a nation-wide travel ban.

What are you talking about? The country will be back in business in time to pack the pews on Easter Sunday.


Wishful thinking.
 
2020-03-26 2:37:53 AM  
The Packers were one of the first organizations to voluntarily close shop in Wisconsin, and I thank them for it. I doubt the Packers making the idea palatable was a major factor in subsequent excellent decisions to lock things down quickly, but every little bit helps when you're dealing with a divided public getting their information from a galaxy of different sources. God bless them for doing it.
 
2020-03-26 4:24:11 AM  

ClavellBCMI: And yet the NFL insists the draft will still happen as scheduled. Good luck with that one, Goodell, especially if/when a bunch more governors shut their states down and/or the Cheetohead initiates a nation-wide travel ban.


The draft can consist of Goodell standing at a podium reading off draftees' names.  Nobody else needs to be in New York (or wherever Goodell decides to be)...the teams' decision-makers have stayed home for years now, as have all but the top handful of draftees.  Keeping everyone away from the event itself would just complete a process that's been ongoing for years.  All that's different is that Mel Kiper, Jr. would be chewing the furniture at home instead of in the ESPN studio.

The NFL draft is one of the very few sports events that _can_ be done by teleconference.  There's really not much point in postponing it.
 
2020-03-26 10:51:37 AM  

The Third Man: ClavellBCMI: And yet the NFL insists the draft will still happen as scheduled. Good luck with that one, Goodell, especially if/when a bunch more governors shut their states down and/or the Cheetohead initiates a nation-wide travel ban.

The draft can consist of Goodell standing at a podium reading off draftees' names.  Nobody else needs to be in New York (or wherever Goodell decides to be)...the teams' decision-makers have stayed home for years now, as have all but the top handful of draftees.  Keeping everyone away from the event itself would just complete a process that's been ongoing for years.  All that's different is that Mel Kiper, Jr. would be chewing the furniture at home instead of in the ESPN studio.

The NFL draft is one of the very few sports events that _can_ be done by teleconference.  There's really not much point in postponing it.


Free agency and the draft should have been postponed. It's effing tone deaf to watch people making millions on a season that will possibly be delayed while people are losing their jobs en masse.
 
2020-03-26 2:54:15 PM  

mattgsx: The Third Man: ClavellBCMI: And yet the NFL insists the draft will still happen as scheduled. Good luck with that one, Goodell, especially if/when a bunch more governors shut their states down and/or the Cheetohead initiates a nation-wide travel ban.

The draft can consist of Goodell standing at a podium reading off draftees' names.  Nobody else needs to be in New York (or wherever Goodell decides to be)...the teams' decision-makers have stayed home for years now, as have all but the top handful of draftees.  Keeping everyone away from the event itself would just complete a process that's been ongoing for years.  All that's different is that Mel Kiper, Jr. would be chewing the furniture at home instead of in the ESPN studio.

The NFL draft is one of the very few sports events that _can_ be done by teleconference.  There's really not much point in postponing it.

Free agency and the draft should have been postponed. It's effing tone deaf to watch people making millions on a season that will possibly be delayed while people are losing their jobs en masse.


But is the solution to keep even more people (i.e., all the non-owners/players involved with the NFL) completely out of work?  The owners and players are going to make millions whether or not the season is played.
 
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