Jun 1, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians talks with media after OTA workouts during organized team activities at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Big news from the NFL on Wednesday: vaccinated members of the league’s media corps will be allowed to interview players in person, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Per the memo tweeted by Pelissero, vaccinated NFL media members will be able to do the following.

  • Have access to NFL club facilities.
  • Conduct in-person interviews with players (with physical distance).
  • Have gameday access to the press box, field, sidelines, locker room, and post-game interview room.

So while unvaccinated members of the media will still be able to do their jobs, they’ll be at a significant disadvantage compared to vaccinated media members.

There will also be significant differences vaccinated and unvaccinated players, again per a memo tweeted by Pelissero.

Two weeks ago, a report from the Washington Post indicated that the NFL could keep locker rooms closed to the media this fall. The mention of locker rooms in the memo seems to indicate that the league is walking back the idea of keeping them closed this season, but only for vaccinated media members. Any sort of expanded media access is a win for not just the media, but also the fans.

The NFL is not the only league to give vaccinated media members more access than their unvaccinated peers. Earlier this month, vaccinated media members at MLB games were granted on-field access to players for interviews.

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