‘Massachusetts travel restriction’ is a nationwide ban, and that’s a bad one
The NFL announced Monday that it is banning all players from the state of Massachusetts for the remainder of the season and indefinitely barring its teams from traveling to other states for the rest of the year, beginning with the regular season.
In a statement, the league said the ban was necessary to keep the game safe for fans and players.
The NFL announced that it will begin its 2017 regular season against the New England Patriots on Sunday, March 9, at 7 p.m.
ET at Gillette Stadium.
The first-round game is scheduled for March 17.
In order to comply with federal travel restrictions and the state’s health and safety rules, the NFL said it would limit its travel to 20 NFL games per season, which is not enough to keep players from traveling for the regular-season finale and the playoffs.