“Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.”
That’s the message the National Football League sent to teams when it informed them that outbreaks among unvaccinated players could lead to game forfeitures and financial penalties including teams reimbursing the league for lost revenue for a canceled game.
This is the strongest message yet that the league is serious about getting its players vaccinated and that willingly going unvaccinated could lead to serious consequences to players and teams.
In short, players have the right to choose not to be vaccinated but they also then have to live with the consequences of their choice. The NFL clearly means business on this one.
It is worth noting any potential games lost to a COVID outbreak will at least attempt to be rescheduled before forfeits are issued and revenue reimbursement requested.
The league also acknowledged that some outbreaks may be out of players’ and teams’ control and their main concern is among unvaccinated players.
For a league that is notorious for sending mixed messages, the one from this memo comes through crystal clear: “Get your shot.”
With the amount of anti-vaccine propaganda at an all-time, the league is telling its players they can believe what they want to believe, they just need to recognize there are consequences for buying into misinformation.
The Rashan Gary takeover arriving at the launchpad while seeing what Matt LaFleur can do with Amari Rodgers are just two things to watch as training camp begins next week.
The revamped version of the Tailgate Tour has set off across Wisconsin for surprise stops all over the state over the next four days. This year’s trip features alumni from Super Bowl XLV including James Jones, Nick Collins, Ryan Grant and Morgan Burnett.
You’ll never guess what the Packers’ storyline to watch is. That said, this is a good look at the rest of the league as camps open next week.
Thankfully the girl wasn’t hurt nearly as bad as when Fabio was struck in the face by a bird on a roller coaster back in the 1990s.