NFL not backing off Nov. 3rd trade deadline, election day overlap


The presidential election is just around two months away and the NFL, furthering its NFL Votes initiative, sent out a memo on Wednesday to all 32 teams outlining procedures for closing team facilities on Election Day, Nov.3.

The problem is, nowhere did it mention in the letter that Nov. 3 is also on the same day as the NFL’s trade deadline.

That being somewhat of big overlap of events on the same day.

At this moment, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, there has been no discussion of moving the trade deadline date. 

The memo, however, does give information on how the league will handle business moving forward on that day.

The memo specifics that it will “allow all players and staff to have an opportunity to vote and for non-player staff to engaged in safe and appropriate work on Election Day,” when it comes to staff wanting to be at work, It stresses for clubs to “minimize the number of staff who are present on Election Day.”

Statement in relation to the trade deadline:

Third, coaches, player personnel and video staff may be present to prepare for the coming week’s game; to evaluate possible player transactions; and for other purposes. Free-agent tryouts may occur at the facility and the league office will be staffed to handle all player personnel transactions.


NFL - Election Day Procedures

Club medical staff, players receiving treatment, teams with COVID-19 testing that day and “necessary personnel” such as IT and security employees are also allowed at the facility during Election Day.

The NFL is essential saying go and take your vote seriously, but if work needs to get done, you have the right to do so as well.

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