Ladies and gentlemen, you now have yet another reason to not watch the NFL.
Yes, the No Fun League is not necessarily requiring players and staff to be injected with the brand new never-been-tried-before vaccine, but they're definitely making it very hard to succeed in the league without the jab.
Here's the scoop via this memo from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:
If a game cannot be rescheduled within the current 18-week schedule and is cancelled due to a Covid outbreak among non-vaccinated players on one of the competing teams, the club with the outbreak will forfeit the contest and will be deemed to have played 16 games for purposes of draft, waiver priority, etc. For the purposes of playoff seeding, the forfeiting team will be credited with a loss and the other team will be credited with a win.
If a club cannot play due to a Covid spike in vaccinated individuals, we will attempt to minimize the competitive and economic burden on both participating teams.
So this is pretty much a nudge by the NFL to get everyone in the league to take the vaccine. The NFL has already made it hard enough on unvaccinated players as it is. And while some people might say, "So be it, get the vaccine, SCIENCE," if I played in the league I'd be sitting out this season just for fun.
Like, why is there SO MUCH PRESSURE for people to get the vaccine?
But we can expect a lot more of this coming down the pike, and most of us, whether we like it or not, might soon be "nudged" into getting this shot ourselves.