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Massachusetts-based flag football league fined $2,000 by N.H. officials for bringing in teams from outside New England to tournament in violation of COVID-19 restrictions

MassLive.com logo MassLive.com 9/16/2020 By Jackson Cote, masslive.com

A Massachusetts-based flag football league was fined by the New Hampshire attorney general’s office this week after bringing in teams from outside of New England in violation of restrictions issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

New England Flag Football League (NEFFL), which is based in Beverly, Massachusetts, was fined $2,000 for hosting dozens of players from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin at its “Summer Showdown” tournament, New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announced Tuesday.

The tournament was held in Epping, New Hampshire from Aug. 21 to 23 and brought in 71 players from three non-New England flag football teams, according to the prosecutor.

MacDonald’s office said it sent multiple messages to the NEFFL, informing it that no teams from outside of New England were allowed to participate in the tournament due to state restrictions and guidance for amateur and youth sports.

Officials from the league apparently confirmed they received the information from the New Hampshire attorney general’s office, according to MacDonald.

“Given the multiple warnings prior to the event, the actions of NEFFL were reckless and intentional based on the information that was provided to NEFFL and you specifically,” MacDonald wrote in a letter to league president Austin Bradshaw.

In September, Bradshaw confirmed in an email to the attorney general’s office that the Legacy All Stars Team from Wisconsin, the Youngstown Penguins team from Ohio and the WeDifferent Teams from Pennsylvania all attended the tournament.

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