Roger Goodell Closes All NFL Team Facilities

Normal business activities can still be carried out by employees working remotely

Roger Goodell Closes All NFL Team Facilities
A view of the NFL logo before the 2020 AFC Championship game.
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By Evan Bleier / March 25, 2020 9:08 am

Like much of the rest of the United States, the NFL is now closed for business, physically at least.

On Tuesday night, league commissioner Roger Goodell issued a league-wide, stay-at-home order that will close all club facilities at 6 p.m. local time on Wednesday, according to ProFootballTalk.

Located in the heart of New York City at 345 Park Avenue, NFL headquarters should also be closed as it is not an essential business. If it isn’t, it should be.

Though the NFL team facilities will be shut down, business activities like signing players, evaluating draft prospects and selling tickets can still be carried out by employees working remotely.

“To ensure that all clubs operate on a level playing field, and that the NFL continues to conduct itself in a responsible way at this time, it is appropriate to outline certain principles that will apply during the current period,” Goodell wrote in the memo. “These principles have been reviewed with and endorsed by the Competition Committee and will remain in effect until further notice.”

Following the shutdown, the league will reassess the situation on April 8 and could re-open the team facilities depending on what medical experts and public health authorities have to say on that matter.

As of now, the NFL plans to stick with its April 23-25 schedule for this year’s draft despite a recommendation from the league’s general manager subcommittee to Goodell on Tuesday that it be moved back to a later date.

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