Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

National Football League not moving Draft despite concerns from teams

National Football League not moving Draft despite concerns from teams

Those plans, however, could be jeopardized by the teams' reluctance to proceed as scheduled.

General managers feel that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused teams to dramatically adjust their typical pre-draft work, there will not be enough "verified information" about the players available in the draft. But, if the league's general managers have their way, it won't be on scheduled day of April 23rd.

The draft had previously been scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, just in time for the arrival of the Las Vegas Raiders, but those plans were obviously not happening amid the coronavirus pandemic. The draft is still expected to be televised.

The new mandate will "largely reflect" the current restrictions now in place in most states in the country because of the coronavirus pandemic, the report says.

"This decision reflects our foremost priority - the health and safety of all fans and citizens", commissioner Roger Goodell said in his statement last week.

The facilities will be closed for at least two weeks except for some limited exceptions.

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According to the report, the league will reassess April 8 with advice from experts.

On Tuesday night, Goodell issued a memo to National Football League teams informing them to close their facilities, with limited exceptions, by 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

"The challenges we face are not unique - many businesses and individuals throughout the country are experiencing and addressing similar issues", the memo reads.

As of Wednesday morning, more than 55,000 cases have been reported in the US, with 801 deaths and 354 people recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking the outbreak using combined data sources.

Teams still will be allowed to sign free-agent players, evaluate draft prospects, sell tickets and other operations related to preparing for the 2020 season.

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