With pandemic safety criteria ever-changing across the country — and world — the professional sports leagues across the United States are not exempt, and have been the center of the issue of whether or not all pro athletes should be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The National Football League released new rules which state the league will not add a 19th week to accommodate for games that may be cancelled due outbreaks of the disease, while also stating contests that need to be cancelled due to outbreaks of non-vaccinated players will result in a forfeit.

Although other sports leagues have not issued new guidance, the MaineStay Media/VillageSoup sports poll focuses on a hot-button issue, and asks: Do you believe all professional athletes, in their respective sport, should be forced to be fully vaccinated to play?

Click here to vote. 

In the most high profile case to date, NFL wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins — one of the best receivers in the game — of the Arizona Cardinals, is one of the players in the league who has decided not to get vaccinated, and publicly complained about the new NFL policy on Twitter, saying “never thought I would say this, but being put in a position to hurt my team because I don’t want to partake in the vaccine is making me question my future in the @NFL.”

To read about Hopkins reaction, click here. To read about the new NFL rules, click here.

In the previous sports poll, the sports staff asked voters if they were surprised with the play of the Boston Red Sox heading into the all-star break at the beginning of July. Fifty-five-point-six percent of voters said “no, the team always had talent for a playoff push,” while 33.3 percent were surprised with how well Boston had played through the first half of the regular season.

The final 11.1 percent of voters chose “no, World Series or bust,” and always believed the Red Sox were good enough to take home the championship this season.

MaineStay Media/VillageSoup sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com.

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