Eagles getting rid of open practice a 'slippery slope' for NFL

Chris Lingebach
June 18, 2019 - 8:05 pm

The Philadelphia Eagles have decided to hold just one practice open to the public in 2019, continuing their gradual reduction of public practices through the years down its bare minimum.

The Eagles will also charge fans for this practice, with proceeds going to the Eagles Autism Challenge, leaving themselves and the Seahawks as the only NFL teams to not hold any free practices.

This decision could prove to be a slippery slope around the league, JP Finlay tells Chad Dukes of 106.7 The Fan.

"I contend this is really, really bad news for NFL fans across the country," Finlay said. "Because there are plenty of people in football operations around the league that don't want to be doing public practices, that don't want to be traveling from where their facility is – where they have all their lockers, and all their film equipment, and all their medical equipment, and the players know where the weight room is, and the players know where the cafeteria is."

"They don't want to upend that for three weeks just to go somewhere else and have players sleep in tiny hotel rooms or tiny dorm rooms," he said.

"There are lots of people that don't want to do that, and if it works for one organization, you will see others start to do it," he warned. "Nothing provides NFL fans with access, most of the time for free, but certainly the level of access you get at training camp. I think the league should be alarmed by this. I think fans should be alarmed by this."

Redskins fans need to look no further than the owner's box for reason to fear this practice trickling down to Washington. Dan Snyder was once thought to be a revolutionary in the business of football for charging fans to view practice when he first purchased the Redskins.

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