2020 has been one of those years to forget, especially to sports fans across different leagues, be it the NFL, Football, Tennis, etc. This was after the entire sports world was shut down in March following the coronavirus outbreak, also called the COVID-19 pandemic.
This deadly virus has affected over 27.4 million people with a death toll of more than 896k people. However, the good news is that globally there have been about 19.5 million recoveries, and several vaccines have been placed into circulation.
As we wait for the world to combat COVID-19, the sports world has resumed in many leagues, and now we have the NFL comeback in just a few days.
Week 1 of 17 will start on Friday, 11th September 2020, where the Super Bowl Winners, The Kansas City Chiefs, will be playing against Houston Texans.
The NFL has announced that the 2020 season will start on time, and they plan to feature a complete schedule amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been successfully subjecting all players, coaches, and other personnel staff to regular coronavirus testing. While also setting the playing rules or conditions amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The first significant rule for 2020 NFL games during the COVID-19 pandemic prohibits players from exchanging their jerseys after games.
Even the world itself has to abide by many government measures such as wearing masks and maintaining social distance to help combat the coronavirus’s spread. And all we can hope for is the end of this deadly virus so that we can return to normality.
According to the NFL Network, Tom Pelissero has confirmed that jersey exchanges may be allowed back on for the 2020 season, but not directly between players or immediately after games.
On Monday, NFL informed teams that it would partner with Tide Laundry Detergent and Fabric Care Products that will make jersey exchange possible between players. The laundry company is supposed to cover the cost of one replacement jersey per player, and all jersey will be washed first before they can be exchanged by mail.
To exchange the jerseys, players will need to communicate with other players or club’s equipment manager(s) via email or text first. Once the communication is agreed upon, equipment managers are responsible for sending the player’s jerseys to the Tide Laundry to clean them before they are shipped by email.
We can assume the cost of such exchanges has already been met after some NFL teams decided to fine players or deducted the cost of jerseys from their salaries.
Be sure to note that on-field swapping of jerseys is still barred because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, for a complete 2020 season resume, all 32 NFL teams, their players, coaches, and other staff must maintain and follow all the health and safety protocols established by the relevant authorities.
So, don’t find it awkward watching Week 1 of the NFL, whose first game is on 11th September, without you seeing players exchanging jerseys after games.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.