Coronavirus in sports: Roger Goodell orders all National Football League facilities to close Wednesday

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Instead, the league has made plans to hold the draft via phone and has put limits on how many individuals can be in each team's war room.

The reported concerns include whether teams will have enough time for player physicals, psychological testing and gathering further information about players, especially those that did not attend the National Football League scouting combine. The same applies to franchises based in California, like the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers and teams based in states that have implemented similar measures. Aside from reiterating the draft will be televised as usual, other details haven't been forthcoming.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed clubs to close all team facilities, stepping up league efforts to combat the spread of new coronavirus. The NFL said last week that it is exploring "innovative options for how the process will be conducted and will provide that information as it becomes available", via NFL.com's Dan Parr. The event is now planned to be run from team headquarters throughout the league, with the broadcast being run out of a television studio, according to multiple reports.

Teams have concerns about being able to gather information on prospects considering team facilities are now closed and there are limits on travel and large gatherings as the world combats the coronavirus pandemic.

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The decision was made following interviews with the Madrid regional government, Spanish military leaders and city hall officials. Still, Harris said the scope of the global outbreak was "enormous" and that cases were expected to increase "considerably".

"During this time", Goodell wrote, "clubs are free to conduct all normal business operations, including signing players, evaluating draft-eligible prospects, selling tickets and other activities to prepare for the 2020 season".

The former two have been forced to suspend the season due to the outbreak, while the latter has had to push the start of its campaign back indefinitely.

At least 18,900 people have died globally, with more than 422,780 confirmed cases.

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