Things are starting to come to light as it relates to the 2020 NFL season. And it’s not looking great.
At the very least, the league and NFLPA continue to be at odds. Here’s the latest example.
The NFLPA informed its board of representatives today that the NFL proposed 35% of player salaries be held in escrow to help manage costs during the 2020 season, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 7, 2020
It's one option on the table if revenue is impacted leaguewide by COVID-19.
The term escrow simply means a legal hold account of items (in this case funds) that won’t be released until certain conditions are met.
For the NFL, that means overcoming the obvious revenue losses that will come with no fans being in attendance during the 2020 season. The losses are expected to total at least $100 million in local revenue.
The idea of risking your health for a meaningless preseason game makes little sense. That’s especially true now that the United States continues to see a spike in COVID-19 cases that’s completely out of whack with the rest of the world.
These splits between the league and union could very well threaten to derail the 2020 season. Players are still being asked to suit up for 16 games and put themselves at severe risk of getting sick while seeing their pay, at least initially, cut by more than one-third. To be completely frank, that doesn’t seem to make much sense.
The 2020 NFL season is slated to start Sept. 10 with recently-extended Patrick Mahomes and his defending champion Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans.
For now, all we can do is hope things go on as planned.