For the last two years, NFL media access has been virtual due to the effects of COVID-19. Things will be changing for the upcoming season though.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy announced today at the league meetings in Florida that locker rooms will be open for 2022. That means reporters will be able to interact with players and coaches up close and personal after practices and games.
Obviously, this was standard operating procedure before March 2020, and media members are understandably excited to get back to what was normal.
The response to the news on Twitter has been overwhelmingly positive.
There's no doubt that having this increased access is a game-changer for NFL media. It allows them more freedom to hunt for stories and connect with the athletes they cover.
This should lead to more thorough and detailed reporting throughout the course of the season, which is a good thing for fans. Everyone benefits--except maybe the players themselves, who haven't had to worry about getting interviewed on their way back from the shower or bathroom the last two seasons.