Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) warms up by hitting the goal post before an NFL Divisional round playoff game between the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs on January 12, 2020 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO.
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After sitting on the sidelines for months, the NFL is now on the watch of the pandemic log.
And time is running out.
The NFL is still holding July 28th as the start date for club training camps as the league begins to ramp up operations for its regular 2020 season. Health, safety and economic issues remain unresolved with the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).
Without an agreement, the NFLPA can interrupt the NFL's plans. Players can file a complaint to delay the start of training camps – some newbies are expected to return on Monday – and use the reason that working conditions aren't up to standard when the Covid 19 protocols are still pending. The complaint is optional, but the NFLPA would try to stop the camps once a player files a complaint.
The NFL did not provide officials to comment on the matter.
The problems are similar to the major league baseball pandemic. Economically, NFL owners want reimbursement funds for the potential loss of revenue. With the likelihood that there will be no fans at games, club owners looked for a trustee account of 35%.
The NFLPA considers docking players taboo and instead issued its criteria for paying a league that earns $ 15 billion annually. According to people familiar with the negotiations, the NFLPA will target $ 500,000 per player if the league starts its regular season and then has to cancel games because of Covid-19. Players also want the pre-season to be canceled completely as they see no economic reason to play countless games. The NFL has already canceled the two exhibition competitions because of the pandemic.
The people spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the negotiations.
NFLPA President J.C. Tretter wrote in a public letter to union members, raising concerns about "player safety, both preventing the transmission of the virus and preventing injuries" after extended off-season downtime. Tretter also said that NFLPA board members voted against pre-season games this year.
"Since March we have had hours to return to the meetings, review the research and develop detailed protocols. All of this is wasted if the NFL refuses to think and act differently when it comes to a full season to survive. Player not. " I just want to go back to work, we want to stay at work, "wrote Tretter.
On Thursday, Houston Texans star J.J. Watt went to Twitter to list other players' concerns, including how the Covid 19 results affected future contracts.
The players' union is also waiting for the emergency plans of all 32 teams for infectious diseases and the daily test obligations. The NFLPA also strives for the league's policy of opening camps in Covid-19 hotspots such as Florida, California, and Texas.
The United States reported 77,255 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday. According to Johns Hopkins University, it has rocketed a record-breaking record of nearly 10,000 in one day.
The NFL is scheduled to begin its regular 2020 season on September 10th.