NFLPA wins battle over NFL for daily COVID-19 testing, per report
The NFL and NFLPA agreed on terms to have daily COVID-19 testing through Sept. 5, with both sides needing to come to an agreement for the regular season.
After both sides shared their thoughts on the situation, the NFLPA has won the battle for daily COVID-19 testing in 2020, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
Before training camps began, the NFL was seeking to convince the NFLPA to have COVID-19 testing three times a week this season. On the other hand, the NFLPA pushed for the league to test daily, similar to what other major sports leagues were doing.
In the end, the NFL caved in and allowed daily testing throughout training camp and through Sept. 5. But with Week 1 kicking off on Thursday, both sides needed to lay out the guidelines for teams to abide by. Despite the league wanting tests to be conducted three times a week, daily COVID-19 testing will take place for the entire season.
It is believed that daily testing will entice the younger players to refrain from taking part in any questionable activities during the season. Above all, daily testing will help make it tougher for outbreaks to occur over the course of the season.
Since the NFL is conducting their season outside a bubble—unlike the NBA, WNBA, and NHL—they’ll need to take extra precautions to prevent the likeliness of players testing positive. Seeing that football is a contact sport and teams have to travel, positive tests are definitely a possibility. With that being said, the NFLPA was able to negotiate daily COVID-19 testing, hopefully limiting the chances of any issues from happening.