Soundbite: DeMaurice Smith

Pranav Ramasubramanian 

January 1, 2021

Photo by David J. Phillip/Associated Press

National Football League Players Association is a labor union that represents the athletes that are currently participating in the games aiding them in negotiating terms for a Collective Bargaining Agreement along with compensation. This union is led by two men in President J.C. Tretter and Executive Director DeMaurice Smith. Here's what Smith vocalized during Tuesday's COVID-19 Briefing on RingCentral. 

Question: Hey guys. Thanks for doing this. Adam Silver did a playoff bubble for the NBA when COVID-19 was still expeditiously spreading across the world to successfully finish the basketball season. Is there any possibility of that happening for the NFL?

Answer: No, I don't think that there's a need for it. When you think of a bubble it controls where an NFL team is sleeping for a certain amount of days or weeks keeping them away from their families, which is something we don't want to do. We are also staying well below 1% on our overall incidence and positivity rate. As long as our rates remain low the medical staff on both the NFLPA and NFL have recommended that we don't move to a bubble and I agree with them.

The video of this interview is now available on YouTube. You can choose to view it down below.

A special thanks to the NFLPA for arranging and conducting the videoconferences spectacularly. Closed captioning is also done by the NFLPA. The NFL Playoffs start on January 9th. Make sure to catch all the games on ESPN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX.