NFL Officials Can Opt Out of the 2020 NFL Season


Dhimani Hin

Earlier this morning, on August 9th, an agreement between the National Football League and the NFL Referee Association was made where NFL game officials can opt out of the 2020 season. They will still get guaranteed pay of $30,000 and they will get to keep their job in the 2021 season to protect them and keep them healthy from the Corona-virus.

The agreement also states that along with the guaranteed pay of $30,000 and 2021 job, the NFL officials will also have to be tested for the COVID-19 twice a week. It states that any official will receive their regular salary along with benefits such as medical and any other benefits they would normally receive.

Although the agreement isn’t official until the NFL does a full vote on Monday, August 10th, it is likely that the agreement will be approved since the NFL plans to protect all members of their organization from the Corona-virus.

Scott Green, the NFLRA executive director, stated that “There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our members and although there will undoubtedly be some risk for our officials, we are pleased to have finalized a plan with the league that provides additional benefits and protections during this unprecedented season.”

If this agreement passes the health and safety of the officials and NFL all together will be better regulated and the NFL season should be able to be a success with little to no problems.