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NFL to cancel pre-draft prospect visits

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ByReuters
13/03/2020 at 19:15 | Updated 13/03/2020 at 19:16

Prospect visits for NFL hopefuls are being prohibited by the league in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus.

A memo from the NFL to all general managers, head coaches and personnel
directors was distributed Friday.

It states, in part, "the following is prohibited: Any draft-eligible player
traveling to a club facility or other location to meet with club personnel;
Club personnel(including BLESTO and NFS scouts) traveling to any location,
including a college campus to visit with a draft-eligible player."

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"...We have not taken this step lightly," the league added.

The league added new restrictions, permitting teams to schedule three
telephone or video conference interviews -- no longer than one hour -- per
week.

All 32 NFL teams are allowed 30 in-person visits with 2020 NFL Draft
prospects, including some that took place Friday.

With multiple teams pulling scouts and assistant coaches off the road and a
growing number of on-campus pro days canceled, it is feasible the 2020 draft
in Las Vegas could also be moved.

Earlier this week, the NFL announced its March 29-April 1 league meetings in
Palm Beach, Fla., were canceled. Those meetings typically involve coaches,
general managers and owners with the competition committee opening the floor
for rules proposals and discussion.

The NFL has not commented publicly on the draft, which is scheduled for April
23-25. Several conferences and trade shows in the next six weeks in Las Vegas
have been canceled.

--Field Level Media

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