Ban Spectators From NFL Games During Coronavirus Pandemic

Target: Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League

Goal: Do not invite fans into stadiums for the 2020-2021 NFL season.

The National Football League begins its season on September 10 and plans to have fans in the stadiums. This decision stands despite the rising numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States. Recent reports from Johns Hopkins University show 5.4 million Americans have been infected and over 170,000 Americans have died as a result of the coronavirus.

The NFL is attempting to respond to the coronavirus by requiring masks, setting up hand sanitizing stations, and selling fewer tickets than normal. However, fans will still be able to remove their masks when actively eating or drinking. Additionally, tailgating will be allowed in the stadium parking lots before the games.

These decisions put fans at risk and place stadium staff in unnecessary danger. Some individual teams, like the Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears, have enforced their own restrictions on fans in their stadiums that are stricter than the NFL’s. Steve Cannon, CEO of the Falcons, said, “The health and safety of our fans is our top priority. After thoughtful consideration and collaboration, it became clear to us that adhering to the guidance by national and local health officials was the right decision.”

Sign this petition to urge the NFL to also listen to the guidance of national health officials and ban spectators from games during the coronavirus pandemic.


Dear Commissioner Goodell,

5.4 million Americans have been infected by COVID-19. 170,000 Americans have died. These numbers continue to steadily rise. Science has proven that socially distancing and limiting exposure to other people can significantly lower the spread of COVID-19. Your decision to allow fans in stadiums for the 2020-2021 NFL season is simply irresponsible and selfish. You are prioritizing monetary gain over the health and safety of fans, staff, and professional athletes.

I urge you to reconsider the decision and to ban spectators from NFL games during the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.


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