We are experiencing a new norm in the 2020 NFL season, where teams play their games in empty stadiums without spectators or fans to cheering for them. The trend of empty stadiums is an attribute to the COVID-19 pandemic. Doing so helps curb the spread of the airborne virus among the coaches, players, employees, fans, and the community.
Not in a million’s years, we ever thought that the NFL league would play in an empty stadium, but desperate times call for desperate measures. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be deadly. It shouldn’t be taken as lightly as earlier on. We witnessed massive new cases numbers of coronavirus sky rocking, while death rates increasing rapidly following peoples disregards of safety protocols recommended by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.).
Recently the NFL has punished head coaches by enforcing them to pay fines not exceedingly more than $100,000 and their respective teams $250,000 for violating face-covering protocol during games. They include;
- San Francisco 49ers Kyle Shanahan
- Seattle Seahawk Pete Carroll
- Denver Broncos Vic Fangio
- Las Vegas Raiders Jon Gruden
- New Orleans Saints Sean Payton
We expect others to follow suit if they don’t adhere to the NFL safety protocols, rules, and regulations provided to them in response to curb the spread of the COVID-19 in the NFL league.
We haven’t experienced any outbreak of the COVID-19 in the NFL league among the 32 teams that potentially could disrupt the 2020 season. And the NFL intends to keep it that way following their successful training camp and 2 weeks of the NFL regular season.
A few weeks ago, The NFL and NFLPA unveiled a joint venture to support non-partisan voter education, registration, and election participation. All the 32 teams are expected to close their facilities on Election Day to allow players to vote.
The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers became the 13th and 14th NFL clubs to join the league’s efforts, along with Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, Washington Football Team and Philadelphia Eagles.
During the Presidential elections in November, the new homes of the Rams, Chargers will host election-related activities on the grounds of their $5 billion SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park.
The NFL move is to encourage civic engagement in the 2020 election through NFL Votes. After joining the Civic Alliance, an organization seeks to recruit a new generation of young, diverse poll workers to support safe elections.
The managing director of SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park, Jason Gannon, was delighted to be part of the change in using the premises as a Vote Center. Also, helping the community expand their polling access during a time of exercising their right to vote.
The Voting Center will be cleaned throughout the day and sanitized on a nightly basis. All those attending the voting process will be mandated to wear face masks and have access to gloves.
Lena Wood graduated from John Carroll University in the year 2002. She born and grown up in Dallas but later she moved to Cleveland for Studying. Lena has written for several major publications including Community Newspapers and News Desk. Lena is a community Reporter and also Covers National Topics.