Powerhouse sports representative Drew Rosenhaus informed CNBC on Thursday he is fretted about the NFL season after several coronavirus cases triggered the Tennessee Titans’ approaching video game to be held off.
The NFL revealed previously in the day the Titans’ video game versus Pittsburgh Steelers will not be held throughout Week 4 after all. On Wednesday, the league suggested it wanted to move the video game from Sunday to Monday or Tuesday.
“I am very worried because we’re only basically going into our fourth week of the season and we’re already postponing a game. It’s very concerning,” Rosenhaus stated on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.” “This has got to be a huge wakeup call for the NFL. … This could happen to any team, any week.”
The NFL’s choice to delay the video game followed a set of extra Covid-19 cases on the Titans, bringing the variety of gamers and workers members who evaluated favorable in the recently to 12.
“As Dr. [Allen] Sills, the NFL’s primary medical officer, has actually consistently stated, as long as the pandemic is endemic in our society there will be favorable tests amongst personnel and gamers. This was not unanticipated,” a league representative informed CNBC in an e-mail. “These positive tests further underscore the need to remain diligent in implementing all of our comprehensive health and safety protocols to the fullest extent.”
Rosenhaus stated he thinks the NFL’s security and coronavirus screening procedures are appropriate, and he applauded the league for its reaction to coaches who stopped working to use face coverings throughout video games. It has actually administered almost $2 million in fines to coaches and their groups.
“We’re dealing with a pandemic. I’m not sure where you can point the finger except at everyone that’s associated with the NFL, me as agent as well, players, coaches, administrators,” he stated. “Everyone has to be vigilant, has to follow the protocols, has to be careful.”
Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans calls signals at the line of skirmish throughout a video game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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After hearing the news about the Titans, Rosenhaus stated he sent an interaction to all of his NFL customers, advising them to be conscious and to “stay on top of this situation because this could affect everyone’s livelihood moving forward.”
The NFL is not playing its season utilizing the so-called “bubble” method that was embraced by expert sports leagues such as the NBA and WNBA. Both basketball leagues are now in their champion series in their particular bubbles in Florida.
MLB, which likewise did not utilize a bubble for its routine season, had actually several video games held off as an outcome of Covid-19 break outs on groups. The baseball league is embracing its own bubble method for the playoffs and World Series, intending to lessen travel and minimize danger of break outs.
The NFL has actually not revealed the rescheduled date for the Titans-Steelers video game. But Rosenhaus stressed the gravity behind a video game needing to be moved due to the coronavirus, keeping in mind the league had the ability to perform its college draft practically this spring, total totally free firm and hold its training school. “This hits hard. They’re not playing a game this week,” he stated.
“I think whoever was confident going into this has to be very shaken,” Rosenhaus included. “You pray for a speedy recovery for anyone that’s been affected by this terrible illness, but anyone that has taken this lightly or has been cavalier … man, they’re thinking differently right now.”
– CNBC’s Jabari Young added to this story.