The NFL responded to the NFLPA’s counter-recommendation on coronavirus-related reopening agreements on Tuesday night, but a source told ESPN that some major issues remain unresolved, including a dispute about whether to classify COVID-19 as “non-football injury” .
According to sources, NFLPA has made several requests to the league, including daily COVID-19 testing, cancellation of all preseason games, financial and other compensation for players who choose to withdraw from the game for COVID related reasons, and one will be retained Provisions. The salary cap will drop in 2021 due to the loss of income in 2020.
But a source said on Wednesday that a major thorny issue is that, so far, the league’s proposal classifies COVID-19 as a non-rugby injury. The players are persistent because when a team puts a player on the “non-football injury” list, there is no need to pay that player.
Suppose that if a player is infected with a virus during practice or games and is therefore placed on NFI, then his team has the right not to pay when he is absent. Obviously, NFLPA is trying to avoid this situation.
Hovering in the discussion is a surge in coronavirus cases in Texas, Arizona and California, and these states will soon implement shutdown clauses to limit the possibility of large gatherings. If this happens, the teams in these states may not be able to hold training camps.
An earlier NFL-NFLPA agreement stipulates that this year’s fleet must hold training camps in their own fleet facilities, and if any team cannot open their facilities, no team is allowed to open their facilities. Therefore, even if the league insists on planning to start training camps and regular seasons on time, it is still possible for the external environment to force either of the parties to postpone the start of the game.
As of Wednesday afternoon, no formal talks have been scheduled between the NFL and NFLPA, although they are expected to speak again soon. The NFLPA held an internal planning call on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the NFL’s latest proposal, and the union also held a pre-arranged conference call with the player agent later on Wednesday afternoon.
This report uses information from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.