NFL Memo Details Team Talking Points In Event Of Canceled Games
The NFL has distributed talking points to teams about season-ticket refunds if games are canceled, the first indication that the coronavirus outbreak could jeopardize part of the NFL’s season. The memo was sent to all 32 clubs on Friday, suggesting teams tell fans: "We have every expectation of playing a full schedule in 2020 and look forward to you joining us at [name of stadium] for an exciting season. But we also understand your concerns and want to be clear about our club’s policies, which will apply to season tickets purchased directly from the [club]." If games are canceled and not rescheduled, or if games are played under "conditions that prohibit fans from attending (for example, if a public authority restricts gatherings to no more than a small number of people)," season-ticket holders would get a prorated refund or credit to future purchases (Ben Fischer, SBJ UNPACKS). Meanwhile, all offseason activities, such as meetings, practices and minicamps, have been "delayed indefinitely as a safeguard against the new coronavirus." No players "can enter a club facility through March 31, with the exception of those receiving medical treatment" (AP, 3/16).