Rodger Goodell’s Letter To Fans Is Cautious And Optimistic
Yesterday was a bit of a rollercoaster for sports fans as what appeared to be a worst-case scenario played out for the Miami Marlins.
At least 13 members of the Marlins tested positive for COVID-19. With two MLB games postponed right away, many of us feared an end to the season. Even though that end could still be imminent, it appears any fears this outbreak would shutdown the 2020 NFL season are unwarranted. NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell wrote a letter to NFL fans that makes his intention to play football this season very clear.
Many things have and can still change for the NFL this year but Goodell's words paint the picture of a league that isn't anywhere close to quitting.
The NFL in 2020 will not look like other years. Players and coaches will be tested for the virus regularly, including every day for a while. Preseason games have been canceled. Everyone in the team environment must follow rigorous health and safety protocols to keep themselves and each other safe. When there is a positive test, strict regulations will be enforced to isolate and care for that individual and to contain the virus before it spreads. Even the sideline will look different. And, state and local health guidelines will help determine whether fans will attend the games. These adjustments are necessary to reduce the risk for everyone involved.
While this year will forever be defined by a heartbreaking global pandemic and a transformative social justice movement, I am reminded of the tenacious, resilient spirit of our country, the NFL community, and you, the greatest fans in the world. Thank you for your continued support.
Now let's play football,
Read Goodell's full letter HERE at NFL.com I hope his confidence pays off. I know many have mixed emotions about the upcoming NFL season but I really hope we have football this year.