The NFL’s travel ban will not stop players from attending games and will not eliminate the need for visas, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday.
The NFL, which is set to host a league meeting in New York this week, has long struggled with the issue.
It has faced criticism for its inability to identify players or players’ families who may have been denied visas, and it has been criticized for using the term “travel ban” to describe the order, which it said is a “misnomer.”
The NFL and Commissioner Roger to meet with the media in New Yorks to discuss travel ban and player participation in the league.
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 28, 2021This is a misnomer.
This is a matter of law and the NFL cannot discriminate on the basis of nationality.
— Roger Goodell (@RogerGoodell) January 27, 2021We are confident that our players, coaches, administrators and owners will be able to attend games and we look forward to continuing to work with Congress and the White House to pass legislation to protect our players and the American Dream.