In a move that is sure to upset quite a few players and team personal around the league, the NFL has decided to ban alcohol from team functions and on buses or flights. The ban used to only apply to the locker rooms, but now that rule appears to have a lot more power behind it’s punch. Another part of the rule is that the ban does not only apply to players, but also to owners, coaches and guests.
“I believe that no constructive purpose is served by clubs continuing to make alcoholic beverages available, and that doing so imposes significant and unnecessary risks to the league, its players and others,” Goodell wrote to all 32 teams in a letter obtained by the AP.
The league is looking to possibly avoid another death like that of baseball pitcher Josh Hancock of the St.Louis Cardinals, who died after what was ruled an alcohol-related accident. Baseball did not pass down the type of rule like the NFL, and basically said that it’s up to each team to decide if they want alcohol in their locker rooms or not.
Over the top or not, Goodell continues his recent streak of laying down the law in the National Football Leauge. From suspending players to now telling teams what they cannot have in their locker rooms, the new commish is not shy in quickly making his mark around the league.