Wondering when we can all bet on NFL games again? Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he believes the “day is coming”. The day when NFL teams can resume training at team facilities. However, he doesn’t know exactly when that will be. He also added that in the spirit of “competitive fairness,” that all NFL facilities should reopen at the same time.
“I prescribe to the approach of competitive fairness within our game. Also, that is everybody gets an opportunity,” Tomlin said in a conference call on Saturday. “Our game is extremely competitive. It’s one of the things that make football at this level so attractive to our fans. I’m committed to preserving and protecting that, and so all teams getting an opportunity to start on the same footing is a core element of that.”
The NFL sent out a memo to all 32 teams recently. A memo laying out protocols for how to bet on NFL games and the gradual reopening of team facilities. The league wants teams to be ready to implement the first phase of that plan by May 15.
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“There’s a couple of things that we’re committed to adhering to, and that’s the global approach of the National Football League in regards to football ops and how important competitive fairness is in our game,” Tomlin said. “We all got to get started on the same footing in that regard. Then, also, respecting our local government and the guidelines they prescribe individually in terms of workplace safety.
“Those are the two key components for us. We’re in a wait-and-see mindset. We’ll be ready to go when both boxes are checked.”
According to the memo sent by the NFL, when team training facilities open, both masks and social distancing of at least 6 feet will be required for all employees in the facilities, and gloves are highly recommended.