NEW YORK – (Staff and wire service reports) – As the National Football League maintains its plan to hold the NFL Draft April 23-25, the originally scheduled dates, the league reportedly issued a memo Thursday outlining two options it is considering as to how teams would participate in the event.
According to a report by NFL.com, a league memo sent to all clubs said the NFL is considering either allowing each club to work out of its own facility (subject to medical approval) or to work remotely, but only at a private residence and while adhering to limits on the number of team personnel gathering in one spot.
The NFL last week shut down all club facilities for at least two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While the league has scrapped plans to hold the draft along the Las Vegas Strip because of the COVID-19 outbreak, it has remained steadfast in holding the draft on its scheduled dates. Multiple reports have suggested the draft could end up being held in a way akin to the way the league conducted the event into the mid-1980s, with teams calling in their picks rather than the televised spectacle it has become.
Under Option 1, according to the internal memo, teams would be allowed to conduct draft operations out of team facilities, “subject to mandatory health and safety guidelines issued by Dr. (Allen) Sills, which will include limitations on the number of permitted club personnel at the facility and rigorous cleaning requirements.”
Earlier Thursday, Sills, the league’s chief medical officer, spoke and stated numerous hurdles remain before the league would be able to reopen in time to conduct a full regular season without pushing back any game dates.
Under the second option, team personnel would spend the draft working in “personal residences, with a clear prohibition on any number of club personnel gathering in one residence,” according to the report.
“The NFL will decide on (1) or (2) above based on several factors, most notably guidance from Dr. Sills, the CDC and the impact of any shelter in place or similar executive orders that are imposed in club jurisdictions,” the memo went on to explain.
If the second option is chosen, per the memo, “then no club will be permitted to operate from any club facility or off-site location (other than a private residence and adhering to the guidelines).
Wire Service Report by Field Level Media