Powerhouse sports agent Drew Rosenhaus advised CNBC on Thursday he’s nervous concerning the NFL season after a number of coronavirus circumstances prompted the Tennessee Titans’ upcoming sport to be postponed.
The NFL introduced earlier within the day the Titans’ sport towards Pittsburgh Steelers will not be held during Week 4 in any case. On Wednesday, the league indicated it hoped to maneuver the sport from Sunday to Monday or Tuesday.
“I’m very nervous as a result of we’re solely principally going into our fourth week of the season and we’re already suspending a sport. It’s extremely regarding,” Rosenhaus stated on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Road.” “This has obtained to be an enormous wakeup name for the NFL. … This might occur to any crew, any week.”
The NFL’s choice to postpone the sport got here after a pair of further Covid-19 circumstances on the Titans, bringing the variety of gamers and personnel members who examined optimistic within the final week to 12.
“As Dr. [Allen] Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, has repeatedly stated, so long as the pandemic is endemic in our society there will likely be optimistic assessments amongst workers and gamers. This was not sudden,” a league spokesperson advised CNBC in an e-mail. “These optimistic assessments additional underscore the necessity to stay diligent in implementing all of our complete well being and security protocols to the fullest extent.”
Rosenhaus stated he believes the NFL’s security and coronavirus testing protocols are ample, and he counseled the league for its response to coaches who did not put on face coverings throughout video games. It has doled out practically $2 million in fines to coaches and their groups.
“We’re coping with a pandemic. I am undecided the place you possibly can level the finger besides at everybody that is related to the NFL, me as agent as properly, gamers, coaches, directors,” he stated. “Everybody needs to be vigilant, has to observe the protocols, needs to be cautious.”
Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans calls alerts on the line of scrimmage throughout a sport towards the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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After listening to the information concerning the Titans, Rosenhaus stated he despatched out a communication to all of his NFL shoppers, reminding them to be aware and to “keep on high of this case as a result of this might have an effect on everybody’s livelihood shifting ahead.”
The NFL just isn’t taking part in its season utilizing the so-called “bubble” technique that was adopted by skilled sports activities leagues such because the NBA and WNBA. Each basketball leagues at the moment are of their championship sequence of their respective bubbles in Florida.
MLB, which additionally didn’t use a bubble for its common season, had a number of video games postponed on account of Covid-19 outbreaks on groups. The baseball league is adopting its personal bubble technique for the playoffs and World Series, hoping to reduce journey and cut back threat of outbreaks.
The NFL has not introduced the rescheduled date for the Titans-Steelers sport. However Rosenhaus emphasised the gravity behind a sport having to be moved because of the coronavirus, noting the league was capable of perform its school draft just about this spring, full free company and maintain its coaching camp. “This hits exhausting. They don’t seem to be taking part in a sport this week,” he stated.
“I believe whoever was assured going into this needs to be very shaken,” Rosenhaus added. “You pray for a speedy restoration for anybody that is been affected by this horrible sickness, however anybody that has taken this calmly or has been cavalier … man, they’re pondering otherwise proper now.”
– CNBC’s Jabari Younger contributed to this story.