In 2020, gamers who missed a number of video games attributable to placement on the COVID-19 reserve listing obtained their sport checks, no matter whether or not they caught the virus at work or away from it. This 12 months, there’s an vital query that must be requested: Ought to unvaccinated gamers who land on the COVID-19 reserve listing throughout the season be paid?
A persuasive argument could possibly be made to withhold sport checks if gamers who select to not be vaccinated miss work attributable to a situation for which a vaccine exists. Sure, it’s the participant’s proper to resolve whether or not he ought to be vaccinated. However why ought to his crew should pay an unvaccinated participant who isn’t allowed to play as a result of he examined constructive?
It’s finally a matter for negotiation between the NFL and the NFL Gamers Affiliation. Though administration and labor have determined that vaccines gained’t be necessary, actual incentives to get vaccinated have been crafted by the 2 sides. With ultimate guidelines and laws for 2021 nonetheless to be decided, why not craft a easy provision that, if a participant chooses to not get vaccinated and finally can’t play as a result of he has COVID-19 or as a result of he’s had shut contact with somebody who has COVID-19, the participant shouldn’t be entitled to obtain his sport test?
The strategy appears truthful. With crew amenities usually safer than different locations — particularly if excessive percentages of gamers are vaccinated — there’s no motive to imagine that anybody who will get it this 12 months obtained it at work. If something, it’s much more possible that whoever finally ends up getting it this 12 months obtained it away from work. Why, then, ought to these gamers receives a commission?
With the wage cap roughly $25 million per crew decrease than it was anticipated to be this 12 months, each greenback saved by not giving it to gamers who select to not be vaccinated after which, due to that standing, aren’t allowed to play turns into a greenback earned for subsequent 12 months’s cap. That’s positively truthful to the gamers who’ve chosen to get vaccinated, and who in flip will likely be out there to play no matter any COVID-19 developments.
This risk creates an actual conundrum for individuals who inexplicably have allowed issues referring to COVID-19 to change into and stay political. These inclined to shout down vaccination individually have a tendency to stick to the essential logic that individuals shouldn’t be paid cash to which they aren’t entitled and that each greenback obtained have to be earned by means of precise work. So why ought to a participant who chooses to not be vaccinated after which who can’t play as a result of he didn’t get vaccinated be entitled to be paid for work he can’t carry out however, if vaccinated, may have?
Nevertheless the query will get resolved, it’s a good query to ask — and it’s a good place to take that gamers who select to not assume no matter distant dangers there could also be from getting the vaccination should as an alternative assume the chance of not getting paid for video games they’ll’t play, attributable to testing constructive with COVID-19 or having shut contact with somebody who did.