The NFL is veering away from the protocols it implemented to combat COVID-19.
After much pushback from the teams, they canceled the supposed bubble-like setup during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine.
More importantly, they’ve started to entertain fans in the stadiums at full capacity.
However, the league will reinstate more pre-pandemic customs, as shared by NFL Network insiders Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport.
This is great for fans (and reporters). https://t.co/QCPGQ039XY
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 29, 2022
Pelissero tweeted, “On locker room access for media, @NFLprguy chimes in: ‘They will be open.’ Another step back towards normality.”
To which, Rapoport commented, “This is great for fans (and reporters).”
It’s great for the fans because they get to hear the thoughts of the players and the fans immediately after the game.
It’s also a perfect time for reporters to get exclusive scoops or insider information from the team’s power players.
The locker room access for the media means that we’ll also see players being hounded by several people with microphones or audio recorders with them.
Players Must Re-Adjust To This Scenario
On the other end, there might be some players who enjoyed the protocols during the pandemic.
It gave them more privacy in the locker room, especially after a tough loss.
While they are paid to face the media regardless of the game’s result, it’s tough for them to conjure thoughts when they tasted defeat.
That outcome might lead them to lash out their anger and frustration at reporters who are merely doing their livelihood the best way they can.
Therefore, it would be better for the league to gradually open up the locker room for reporters by limiting the number of people inside.
Eventually, they can let more people in, especially when the COVID situation improves.