NFL Hopes To Start 2020 Season On Time

As of now, the NFL remains hopeful that the 2020 regular season will start on time, as Mark Maske of the Washington Post writes. But the COVID-19 pandemic — which has already had a major impact on the draft, free agency, and offseason activities — could delay the start of training camp, and an adjustment to the regular season still looms as a real possibility.

In addition to the obvious health concerns, there are also competitiveness issues to consider when it comes to training camp. If the league tries to proceed as normal and a player tests positive for coronavirus — thereby forcing that player’s team to cease operations — the team is suddenly at a major competitive disadvantage.¬†Similarly, Maske reports that the NFL will soon look into how many teams have closed their facilities and how many have not to determine if significant fairness concerns already exist.

One way or another, it seems as if offseason programs, including minicamps and OTAs, will be canceled entirely. As one league owner told Maske, “I would be shocked if we had any kind of offseason program at team facilities.” The same owner also said it is too soon to tell what the league will do with respect to training camp.

As Maske observes, any change to the regular season may require a corresponding shift to the Super Bowl, which would be a Herculean task. Executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Rob Higgins, told Maske that there has been no discussion of contingency plans at this time.

Earlier today, we heard that the NFL is moving forward in negotiating new TV deals.

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    • crosseyedlemon

      I would tend to agree. I don’t think we will see life return to something resembling normal until there is an antiviral serum widely available to the public. Micro biologists are working on that around the clock but a remedy (that doesn’t have potentially lethal side effects) could be many months away.

      • forwhomjoshbelltolls

        The only other way would be widespread testing for both the virus and for people who had it already and now have antibodies.

        We’ve done about 350,000 tests. We’d need about 2 billion. So…also a ways off.

  1. renbutler

    You all seem to be subscribing to the worst-case scenarios reported by some of the most extremist media outlets.

    I don’t know when things will be back to normal, but the average consensus among people who would know is actually closer to May/June.

    • WillyP

      May or June would be if we can get this thing under control soon. It is highly unlikely we will. Far too many people are not taking it seriously so it will continue to spread until enough stupid people die off. Once that happens we can fix a lot of things.

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