COVID-19 causes problems for the football industry – Sports Talk Florida


The NFL has moved contests.

COVID-19 is once again impacting the National Football League, with the weekend schedule not intact. Saturday’s scheduled game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Cleveland Browns will now be played on Monday due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Browns organization. Two Sunday games, Washington vs. Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams will be played on Tuesday. Cleveland had 24 players in the COVID-19 protocol while the Los Angeles Rams had 29 players in the protocol. Washington had 23 players in the COVID-19 protocol. Las Vegas Raiders ownership has complained about moving its game against Cleveland by two days, saying Cleveland should have forfeited the contest under NFL rules issued in July.

NFL policy from July stated that a forfeit would only take effect if three events occurred. A game is postponed at the request of government authorities or at the discretion of the commissioner. The league cannot find a suitable catch-up date within the framework of the season. The initial postponement was caused by an outbreak among a team’s unvaccinated players. The NFL is in the home stretch with the playoffs set to begin Jan. 15and, 2022. There may be more COVID-19 postponements in the coming weeks which could disrupt the league schedule. College football is about to start its bowl season. Some colleges have emptied campuses and are asking students to take finals online. There’s a lot of money to be made by colleges and universities in the coming weeks from bowling games and television and, of course, there’s the college playoffs with the two semifinals scheduled for December and the league game on January 10and, 2022. It can be very difficult to get every football game with the spread of COVID-19, even if money is at stake.

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Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) celebrates his touchdown against Arizona Cardinals cornerback Marco Wilson (20) during the first half of an NFL football game on Monday December 13, 2021 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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