NFL game and replay officials may opt out of the 2020 season in exchange for a $ 30,000 allowance and guarantee that their work will be protected by 2021, under a preliminary agreement. was announced on Sunday between the federation and the NFL Arbitration Association amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The agreement has been passed by the NFLRA board and will proceed to a full membership vote on Monday. If approved, officials will have until Thursday to notify the NFL of the denial.
According to NFLRA chief executive Scott Green, the average NFL official is 52 years old.
“Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our members,” Green said in a statement. “While there will definitely be some risk for our officials, we are delighted to have finalized a plan with the league offering additional benefits and protections for the season yet. ever had this. “
The NFL official list is currently at 121, enough to give each official at least a week off during the season. The federation is chasing two new hires this week and there are some rules to apply for officials who choose not to participate or get sick during the season. Those choices include the use of scheduled officials to leave and double with some members of the crew Thursday night or Monday. As a last resort, the officials made mechanical tweaks to the crew of six or five. (The NFL standard crew has seven officers at the scene.)
According to NFLRA, this option is open to all officials with concerns about COVID-19. In addition to the $ 30,000 allowance and job security by 2021, the agreement also includes the following:
• There will be test COVID-19 twice per game week. As for the game on Sunday, officials will be checked on Thursday at home and on Saturday at the venue of the game.
• Any officer who tests positive for COVID-19 during the season will receive the salary, medical and other benefits the NFL would normally provide when an officer is injured on the job.
• Any official who tests positive or shows symptoms of illness at the game site will receive medical, accommodation and travel expenses from the NFL.
Officials have been preparing for the season in a form of virtual training. The NFL has canceled their annual training camp visits and has changed the way teams are organized and perform game missions to minimize travel time.