NFLPA Analysis

During the 2020 NFL season, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) addressed the safety of players during the COVID-19 pandemic. They sought to empower their members with real-time data on the evolving state of the pandemic. They retained Edgeworth Analytics to build an interactive dashboard analyzing which teams were located in COVID-19 hot spots to offer players a readily accessible source of information to understand the evolving situation in their communities.

The tool uses county-level data on novel coronavirus cases collected by Johns Hopkins University from its Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases. The information was compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering and pulled from data sets held by Johns Hopkins, the Red Cross, the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Edgeworth’s tool was a core component of the NFLPA’s dedicated COVID-19 website, which was regularly updated during the season to inform players about returning to work, testing and novel coronavirus-related protocols for players, teams and facilities.

The dashboard includes both national and individual pages for each NFL team. The national page showed a breakdown of how NFL markets compare to each other and the rest of the nation, with each team’s home market highlighted on the map.

Additionally, each NFL team’s page on the dashboard showed:

  • A map of the counties that are in the metropolitan statistical area of the franchise;
  • one graph of cumulative cases in the metropolitan area, as well as a second graph of new cases reported daily to provide information on growth trends; and
  • the number of cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, the 14-day average of new daily cases per 100,000 people, cumulative COVID-19-related deaths per 100,000 people and the 14-day average of new COVID-19-related deaths per 100,000 people for the team’s metropolitan area, state and nationally.

To interact with the dashboard, click the image below.


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