The NFL Takes Steps to Ensure Social Justice During 2020 Season

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This week the NFL and the NFL Player Association (NFLPA) executive committees came together to discuss issues that has been affecting the 2020 season. The hiatus from sports related activities has been a long one and with the season beginning in just seven days, it’s important to discuss a game plan to solve these critical issues.

According a press release, both parties repeated their commitment to continue working tirelessly to affect positive change as they also prepare to play a full season. “We also agree that our focus must continue to be on action and have agreed to take the following additional steps in support of our shared commitment to social justice and equality,” they said in a written statement.

Here is what NFL lovers and social right activists can look forward to:

• All NFL, NFLPA and club facilities will be closed on Tuesday, November 3, to ensure that every member of the NFL family has an opportunity to exercise the right to vote. 

• In the days leading up to the election, they will continue to sponsor non-partisan educational programs to ensure that players, staff, and families know how to properly exercise their right to vote. 

• Support efforts will be made in surrounding communities to encourage people to vote, including by working with state officials to establish polling places at stadiums.

• On Wednesday, September 9, a NBC program will be aired to provide a platform for players and allies to discuss the work that is being done to advance social justice and equality.

• Clubs and ownership will facilitate meetings between state and local elected officials and leaders of law enforcement, to discuss steps that can be taken to reduce conflict and improve relations between law enforcement and members of the community.

• Clubs and ownership will facilitate meetings between with state and local elected officials and leaders of law enforcement, to discuss steps that can be taken to reduce conflict and improve relations between law enforcement and members of the community.

• The NFL and NFLPA will work together to support college education for the children of the victims who will be recognized by the players.

These commitments are part of a continuing effort to build on the exceptional work of players and clubs over the past several years. 

As a worldwide organization, the NFL has commuted to the efforts to improve police-community relationships, Spencer education programs, and promote justice reform.