The NFL draft will likely be carried out in a digital format, with workforce personnel working from their houses.
In a memo despatched to the 32 groups Monday and obtained by The Associated Press, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined procedures for the April 23-25 draft. The pointers embody no group gatherings.
“We have reviewed this matter in the past few days with both the competition committee and CEC (a group of league executives),” Goodell wrote, “and this will confirm that clubs will conduct their draft operations remotely, with club personnel separately located in their homes.”
All workforce services had been closed on March 26 and Goodell has ordered them to stay shut indefinitely.
“We will reopen facilities when it is safe to do so based on medical and public health advice, and in compliance with government mandates,” he wrote.
The draft initially was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, however the NFL canceled all public occasions final month as a safeguard towards the coronavirus. On Monday, Goodell instructed the groups on how they need to plan to make their picks.
“We have made this decision for several reasons,” he wrote. “All clubs will not have access to their facilities, which is contrary to the fundamental equity principle that all clubs operate in a consistent and fair way.
“Moreover, we want all NFL personnel to comply with government directives and to model safe and appropriate health practices. Our staff will carry out its responsibilities in the same way, operating in separate locations outside of our offices. And after consulting with medical advisers, we cannot identify an alternative that is preferable from a medical or public health perspective, given the varying needs of clubs, the need properly to screen participants, and the unique risk factors that individual club employees may face.”
Several workforce normal managers had sought a delay within the draft, principally citing an unfair taking part in discipline. But the homeowners pushed for the draft, the NFL’s largest offseason occasion, to happen as scheduled. It is as much as every workforce to make sure not solely secure and wholesome circumstances, however to offset any perceived aggressive imbalance below the rules set forth by Goodell.
“We are operating in an environment unlike anything we have experienced before,” Goodell added, “one that requires flexibility, patience, and cooperation.”
Plans for televising the draft haven’t been finalized, although it’s anticipated that ESPN and NFL Network will accomplish that, maybe in a joint effort.
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