Last Updated on May 4, 2020
The NFL has been all about moving forward with plans to play a full season in 2020. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have other contingency plans in place.
* A Super Bowl on Feb. 28.
* A regular season that starts in mid-Oct.
* No bye weeks.
* No Pro Bowl.
These are all contingencies the NFL has considered as it moves forward with plans to hold a full regular season. My story with @BenFischerSBJ. https://t.co/iS2mrp3aje
— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) April 27, 2020
NFL 2020 Season Delayed To October 15th?
Via John Ourand and Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal, the NFL is accounting for multiple variations of the 2020 schedule in light of the CoronaVirus pandemic in the United States. With the schedule set to be released within the first few weeks of May, several scenarios are likely being accounted for. One schedule would push the Super Bowl in Tampa, FL back to February 28, 2021, and the start of the season delayed until October 15th, 2021.
In this scenario, there would be no bye weeks, as well as the cancellation of the Pro Bowl. Ultimately, it still remains a priority for the NFL to try and have a traditional regular season schedule complete with 16 games (until the new collective bargaining agreement kicks off in 2021), with a bye week for a full 17-game schedule.
While the NFL may attempt to operate as “business as usual,” this story would indicate that they are very aware of the potential impacts COVID19 could play.
Today on GMA, the Dolphins unveiled their plan for hosting fans if the effects of coronavirus are still being felt in September.
➖ ~15,000 fans
➖ All fans in masks
➖ Food orders made from seats
➖ Specific times to enter the stadium
➖ A row by row exit pic.twitter.com/zSd6cGOG1e
— Front Office Sports (@frntofficesport) May 4, 2020