The NFL has theirs right now COVID-19 protocol for the coming season. With 272 games on the schedule in 18 weeks this year, there’s no room for error. As a result, the NFL has decided that games could be forfeited if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs among unvaccinated players.
COVID-19 outbreaks and the NFL
The NFL are no stranger to COVID-19 outbreaks, having had to postpone and postpone the games several times over the past year. But the NFL somehow managed to do it without missing a single game in all 17 weeks of the regular season.
To prevent this from happening again, the NFL has decided that the team must give up the game and accept the loss if games cannot be postponed due to an outbreak in the team.
âWe’re not assuming a ’19. Week ‘to include games that cannot be postponed within the current 18 weeks of the regular season, âthe NFL memo reads.
In addition, the team responsible for the forfeiture is also responsible for covering any financial losses and could face disciplinary action.
The memo states: “If a game is canceled / postponed because a club cannot play due to a surge in Covid among its unvaccinated players / staff or because of its unvaccinated players / staff, then the burden of cancellation or delay lies at the club that suffers from Covid infection “.
The league has its wish that all players get vaccinated, not calmly. Even if they do not need vaccines, there are clear restrictions and penalties for players who are not vaccinated. It is reported that over 75 percent of players received at least one shot.
Players and staff who tested positive and received the vaccine may return after receiving two negative tests and being asymptomatic for two days in a row.
Players and staff who test positive and have not been vaccinated must be isolated for ten days.
The impact on your Sports betting And fantasy football squads
How will this new protocol affect sports betting and fantasy football?
Nothing official was published. However, we can only assume that Sports Betting will post a new disclaimer stating that losses due to COVID-19 outbreaks will not be considered a loss. This means that you and other sports bettors will simply get your bet back.
As for fantasy football. It’s going to be a stressful year again. Outbreaks affected the games last year, making it difficult for fantasy football players to determine their weekly roster. The only good news is that you will most likely recruit a new squad in time, replacing players who may not be playing due to decay. The bad news is that you may have to trade last minute to find a replacement.
This is where your league commissioner can make some decisions himself if the fantasy football apps don’t decide to take the rules into their own hands.
There is still plenty of time to find out these things as Week 1 kick-off on September 9th. But you don’t have to wait that long to bring football back into your life. Teams started enlisting at training camp this week, and the preseason is about to begin, with the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers playing in the Hall of Fame Game on August 5th.
Hopefully more information on how sports betting and fantasy football leagues will handle these games will be released ahead of the first game of the season when the Cowboys will face the reigning Super Bowl Champs, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on September 9th.