FILE PHOTO: Indicators present data for a vaccination website run by the Santa Clara County well being division at Levi’s Stadium, house of the San Francisco 49ers NFL soccer staff, in Santa Clara, California, U.S. February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Brittany Hosea-Small/File Picture
July 22, 2021
(Reuters) -The Nationwide Soccer League knowledgeable its groups on Thursday that COVID-19 outbreaks amongst non-vaccinated gamers through the 2021 season may result in forfeits and lack of pay if video games can’t be rescheduled.
Based on a memo despatched by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the league has no plans so as to add a nineteenth week to the common 18-week season to accommodate any video games that can’t be rescheduled.
“As we realized final 12 months, we are able to play a full season if we keep a agency dedication to adhering to our well being and security protocols and to creating wanted changes in response to altering circumstances,” Goodell wrote.
“These working ideas are designed to permit us to play a full season in a protected and accountable manner and deal with potential aggressive or monetary points pretty.”
If a sport postponed attributable to a COVID-19 outbreak amongst non-vaccinated gamers can’t be rescheduled, then the membership with the contaminated gamers will forfeit the sport and members of each groups is not going to be paid for it.
As well as, the staff deemed liable for the canceled sport attributable to unvaccinated gamers could be required to cowl all monetary losses and likewise be topic to potential self-discipline from Goodell.
The choice on whether or not to reschedule a postponed sport shall be depending on a wide range of components, together with well being and security causes on the suggestion of medical specialists, schedule integrity and issues of stadium availability.
Based on the memo, greater than 75% of gamers are within the means of being vaccinated, and greater than half the 32 golf equipment have vaccination charges larger than 80% of their gamers.
The NFL rescheduled a number of regular-season video games final season attributable to COVID-19 outbreaks, together with one between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens that was postponed 3 times.
The 2021 NFL common season is scheduled to start Sept. 9.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Enhancing by Pritha Sarkar and Dan Grebler)