Amid the coronavirus pandemic, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday the 2020 NFL Draft will go on as scheduled, according to a report from NFL.com.
Goodell made the announcement during a meeting with the Commissioner’s Executive Committee, saying the decision was “unanimous and unequivocal.”
The draft is scheduled from April 23-25.
“Apart from the CEC, I have personally discussed this matter with many other owners, club executives and coaches, and there is widespread support for the CEC’s conclusion,” Goodell said in the memo obtained by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The memo was sent to all 32 NFL teams.
Goodell also said in the memo: "Everyone recognizes that public health conditions are highly uncertain and there is no assurance that we can select a different date and be confident that conditions will be significantly more favorable than they are today. I also believe that the draft can serve a very positive purpose for our clubs, our fans, and the country at large, and many of you have agreed. Because of the unique circumstances in our country today, the 2020 Draft will obviously need to be conducted in a different way. Already, we have canceled all public events, we will not be bringing prospects and their families to the draft, and the draft itself will be conducted and televised in a way that reflects current conditions.”
According to the report from NFL.com, NFL-related physicals were stopped Monday for an unspecified period, meaning no free agents or draft prospects can be examined until the outbreak has passed.
Goodell also announced Tuesday all team facilities would be closed,
“Our staff is certainly mindful of the operational issues this presents, and our top priority is putting in place procedures that allow all clubs to operate on a level playing field so that the draft is conducted in a way that is competitively fair to all clubs. All clubs should now be doing the necessary planning to conduct draft operations in a location outside of your facility, with a limited number of people present, and with sufficient technology resources to allow you to communicate internally, with other clubs, and with draft headquarters,” according to the memo from Goodell.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NFL teams have had to and will continue to adjust their preparation for the draft.
It was announced March 16 things would go as scheduled, but the selection process would not include public events in Las Vegas due to the pandemic.
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