By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN
The news broke yesterday afternoon. After weeks of going back and forth, the players having a social media campaign, and hours and hours of negotiations, Ian Rapoport gave us the news we’ve all been waiting for.
Source: The NFLPA player reps approve the NFL’s proposal on their conference call. The deal is done. Let’s play football.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 24, 2020
However, I think this tweet sums it up best:
And with player reps’ vote to approve the deal, NFL training camp is on.
It’ll look a little different … and a lot of unique challenges ahead … but football coming soon.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 24, 2020
There will be some challenges. First off, it was decided earlier in the week that there won’t be a preseason. That means we’re up for some bad football to start the season. Actually, even a little worse than usual. So, be ready for that!
The League also has some financial backups if they end up losing revenue, which they most likely will. They’ve made plans to adjust the salary cap next year, and a few years after as well.
But, this is still such a fluid situation. Honestly, we don’t know what’s going to happen with this pandemic. While numbers are still spiking in parts of the country, it’s calming down in others. Because of that, there is an effective “Out Clause”. If players are still concerned about playing, they have until August 3rd to decide. According to the article, they would get a stipend of $350,000 from the owners for a medical opt-out, and $150,000 for a voluntary opt-out.
One player has already opted out, and that’s Kansas City Cheifs offensive lineman, Dr. Laurent Tardif. He tweeted out a statement after the news broke:
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2020
Tardif is the first one, but I wonder how many other players may do the same.
Like it’s been tweeted earlier, it’s going to be an interesting season. It will present many challenges.
Hopefully, all the players and everyone involved with the teams and games will stay safe, and give us all the distraction that we fans have been waiting for!
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