The NFL is working on a system that would make it more difficult for fans to report hate crimes to police.
But the league isn’t quite ready to announce a timeline for its rollout.
The league and its commissioner, Roger Goodell, declined to discuss the plan on Friday, saying it would require the approval of the league office.
They also wouldn’t confirm or deny when the system would be rolled out.
“We’re in a period of rapid change and there’s not yet a lot of clarity in terms of how we will be able to address this evolving environment,” Goodell said.
“The league office and I have discussed ways in which we can better support our fans and communities and address this.”
The league has been trying to solve the issue for decades.
It created its own hate crime task force in 2015 to investigate reports of racially motivated violence and harassment.
But a new law in 2019 pushed the organization toward more proactive steps.
The league has taken the step of creating a hotline to report reports of bias and harassment and has also increased outreach to black communities.
A few weeks ago, Goodell issued a memo directing all teams to have an in-person presence for their fans in the wake of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The memo was a response to the racially motivated killings of nine black men by a white supremacist in the city in August.
The NFL has also launched a program called Hate Crime Awareness Week, which runs through Jan. 29.
The NFL announced a week-long outreach effort in May to encourage players and coaches to report their fans’ harassment or violence, with some coaches getting a special shoutout in the postgame locker room.