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I am of two minds on the concept of Covid-19 being relatively worse for the NFL than for other sports. On one hand, yes, if you were to design a sport to spread Covid, it would be football.

However, if you were to design a sport that could WITHSTAND the OUTBREAK of Covid within the league it would also be football.

Look to the NBA. What would happen if Lebron got Covid before the upcoming playoff season? Does anyone honestly think that the NBA could proceed and try a NFL style "next man up" mantra with any success? The NBA is a clear player-driven league, where a handful of players are virtually indispensable to getting fans to watch. Conversely, the NFL is a TEAM oriented league, and it is BUILT around the mantra of "next man up," for better or worse. No one is calling 2017 a sham year for the Eagles even though 6 of the starting NFL QBs (including arguably two or three of the top five QBs overall that year) were injured and out for the majority of the year in Carson Palmer, Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers, Sam Bradford, and Ryan Tannenhill, AND where the overall presumptive MVP for that year (Wentz) got injured right before the playoffs.

Also, the NFL is "lucky" in that their schedule would result in many positive tests only requiring a player to miss a single game. Of the 7 days in a week, a positive test on only 3 of them (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) would REQUIRE a player to miss two games. If a player tests positive on any of the other four days, the 10 day quarantine period would expire before two games pass (unless there was a Thursday game in the 2nd week), though in some cases a lack of in-facility practice may result in the player missing a second game anyway. Of course, a player could take longer than 10 days to recover, but then the vast majority of young people with good cardiovascular health (i.e., every player in the NFL - that people with high BMI do worse with covid is a bit of a false red flag, as BMI usually indicates poor cardiovascular health which is why it is hard for this cardiovascular virus, and NFL offensive linemen have uncommonly fantastic cardiovascular health for their BMI) are expected to recover within that 10 days. Comparatively, if a baseball player tests positive that player will miss, what, 8 games? Four games for the NBA? Five games for the NHL?

Also, being as Covid spreads largely through breath, the NFL is better equipped than other sports to incorporate an effective mask, in the unlikely event that the NFL suddenly becomes shockingly proactive on this. The idea of having a mask in the NBA or in the MLS is laughable, and it is hard to envision for the MLB as well. However, it would take minor innovation (though it would be shockingly preemptive) to modify NFL masks such that they ventilate much like current military helmets can. Probably won't happen, frankly, but still it could for the NFL in ways that it can't for any other sport but hockey.

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Appreciate the thoughtful comment and I agree that there are some ways in which the NFL has it better with positive tests possibly only requiring players to miss one or two games. But they don't have the advantage of a bubble.

I think there could have been a better effort to create a mask or face covering that could be used during practices and games. MLB could have done it and maybe should have...MLS is definitely tough with the amount of running... still with all the technology out there, you'd think a breathable mask could have been done.

The way I'm looking at it now is that the league will do about all it can to keep the players safe and the rest is just crossing all of our fingers.

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From the beginning, I think many of us who are NFL fans recognized a couple of things: 1) The nature of football would make it extremely difficult to play safely this year; 2) The nature of the NFL, its owners, its leaders (insanely greedy and money-focused, amoral at best) would make it even more difficult and likely impossible.

I think we're seeing that play out now and will continue to. The NFL could have come up with more defined plans, but the fact is there probably are no plans that are good enough to keep the players safe, and the owners/managers know that because they are not dumb. Thus we get non-plans or absurd peripheral plans like not swapping jerseys--forms of hand waving at the fundamental issues--and the hope that they can force the players to play, at least for awhile, and salvage some revenue.

This moment was predictable, but is still disgusting, and I think the most likely scenarios are folding up the season within the first few weeks or the season not beginning at all, and either way some people dying because the NFL wanted to make money and prioritized some possibility of that happening over everything else, just like it always does.

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Thanks for the comment, Geoff. I agree that this situation was very predictable. Even for the NFL, I am very surprised that the league and its players didn't have more clear-cut plans for training camp considering how long they have had to figure it out. Certainly things weren't expected to go on this long but did they think there was no chance at having COVID still around by late summer? I do think they get something worked out soon but one run of cases through a team and they might have to shut it down

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