NFL Insists 2020 Season Will Be Played as Scheduled, But Will It?

Bill Huber

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The NFL is resolute that its 2020 season will proceed as normal—or at least the league is resolute on saying so publicly.

Jeff Pash, the NFL’s general counsel, told reporters on a conference call Tuesday afternoon that “all of our discussions, all of our focus, has been on a normal, traditional season starting on time, playing in front of fans in our regular stadiums.” The NFL regular season is scheduled to start a little more than five months from now, and projecting a month or even a week out has proved to be a fool’s errand during the coronavirus pandemic. But the league plans to release its 2020 schedule no later than May 9 (just a short delay from the usual April schedule release), and Pash said that the schedule is expected include international games.

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The NFL just wrapped two days of conference calls in lieu of the league meetings that would have taken place in Florida this week, one with team presidents and one with club owners. In the media call directly following the owners’ call, Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, referenced the need to make contingency plans and communicate those to clubs. But Pash, prompted by a league spokesperson to jump in, followed up by saying there was no discussion in either call about a shortened season or any change to the structure of the season — despite the global health crisis that has led to a one-year postponement of the 2020 Olympics and the suspension of every major sports league in America.

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Pash was pressed multiple times about potential adjustments to the season: Could games be played in front of no fans? Could the start date be postponed? Each time, he deferred back to his statement that they are planning for a regular, complete season, “similar to what we play every other year.”

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Bill Huber
Bill Huber

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Naturally, too many in my business are all worked up over this. If I may get on my soapbox for a moment, just relax. Training camps are scheduled to open in about four months. Nobody knows what the world will be like in four weeks, let alone four months. Why on Earth should the NFL do anything but proceed under the assumption the season will start in early September, like always? Have Plan B, sure, but there's zero reason to deviate from having a normal season.

Bill Huber
Bill Huber

Editor

Here's Rodgers from the other day, after Kirk Herbstreit predicted there wouldn't be a season:

“I think it’s a possibility; I don’t think it’s a probability, though,” Rodgers said. “That kind of fear-mongering is not what’s great right now. I think what I worry about is people having some sort of hope in this time.”

So long as people wash their hands and follow other guidelines, Rodgers hopes the curve will be flattened and life will being returning to normal.

NFL training camps will begin in about four months – plenty of time, Rodgers hopes.

“I guess that’s just my optimism,” he said.

think1sttalk2nd
think1sttalk2nd

Tough to call anything overreaction given the circumstances but one of the great failing exposed by this disaster is the lack of planning. Planning requires looking at alternatives and un predicted changes

Bill Huber
Bill Huber

Editor

I'm quite sure the NFL is going through all sorts of alternatives because nobody knows when this is going to end. There's just no reason to discuss Plan B until there's a need, though. What would be the point?


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