All NFL team facilities to close; is draft decision next

By | March 25, 2020

All NFL team facilities to close; is draft decision next … As of 6 PM ET later today, all NFL teams must have closed their team facilities to all but essential personnel. In fact, a number of teams have already closed their headquarter operations, but by this evening the league will have effectively shut down. The NFL will then reassess the situation on April 8th following advice from medical experts and public health authorities. What isn’t included in the league’s order is any mention of the 2020 draft which is slated to being in 29 days. However, during a conference call late yesterday, numerous G.M.s from across the league indicated they wanted to delay the draft because in the current environment, with offseason activities canceled and some teams’ facilities closed, there won’t be enough time for player physicals, gathering psychological testing, getting further verified information about the players and some teams having to conduct the draft from home. Indeed, it is just hard to imagine that the league would be able to conduct the draft without some congregating of personnel both at NFL HQ in New York and at individual team war rooms. Presumably, though, the league will wait until their April 8 deliberations before making any final decisions. Stay tuned!