NFL Players Want Some Changes Resulting from COVID to Stay in Place

The NFL players union has taken a liking to some of the changes that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. So much so that they don’t ever want to go back.

“There’s absolutely no reason for us to go back to full-scale [Organized Team Activities], none,” union executive director DeMaurice Smith said on a conference call with reporters.

That’s not all. Players stayed at home during training camp in the fall — which is the opposite of how it usually goes. Normally, they stay together in a campus-like environment. Players think that arrangement should end, too.

“You don’t see accountants move into hotels during tax season because they need to pay attention more,” Cleveland Browns center and union president JC Tretter said. “It doesn’t have any real proof of benefitting anything.”

Of course, the above will be a hard sell to coaches, who will argue that the traditional camp environment plays a role in team bonding and in getting rookies accustomed to the pro game.

Either way, you can be sure the players will mention some of these bullet points during the next meeting with team owners — and that a change or two to the current setup will become permanent.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Tretter certainly gives off the dumb jock vibe. In his mind accountants are off 6 months and come back to work on April 15. Smart enough to be a football player. This is why I don’t look to athletes for as role models.

    • No kidding. If there’s a big audit they’re all in one place until it’s done. I’m sure he thinks accountants just work at H&R Block filling out 1040s for the clueless. Dope.

  2. If they want those concessions they better be ready for a schedule including Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday football. 18 regular season games, one bye week, sixteen playoff teams, no playoff bye, and reseeding based on record.

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