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The NFL is examining various possibilities if the COVID-19 pandemic force changes for the 2020 season.
the Washington PostMark Maske reported on Wednesday that a shortened season was on the table, with one person saying the upcoming schedule “was done in a way that incorporated this flexibility.”
Maske also said the NFL could close stadiums entirely for fans or allow only a certain percentage of the stadium to be filled.
The NFL made a statement to Maske while refusing to respond to any specific proposal related to the pandemic:
“As we said, we are committed to protecting the health of our fans, players, club and league staff and communities. We look forward to the 2020 NFL season, and our guidelines and decisions will be guided by the latest advice from doctors and public health officials, as well as current and future government regulations. We will continue to plan the season and we will be ready to adapt if necessary, just as we did with the free will, the project and now the off-season program. ”
Due to the timing of the coronavirus epidemic, the NFL has not been affected as significantly as its peers. The NBA, NHL and MLS have suspended their seasons, while the MLB and WNBA have delayed the start of their campaigns.
The NFL had to cancel its events surrounding the NFL 2020 draft and draft “Entirely virtual. »The start of interseason activities in person was postponed as well as.
However, the league has yet to be forced to make a firm decision on the state of the next campaign.
President Donald Trump spoke with a group of sport leaders, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, earlier this month and expressed his desire to see fans attend sporting events by August or September, according to Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Dr. Jeffrey Smith, the Santa Clara County executive, said ESPN Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada “a major miracle” may be necessary to keep the Levi’s Stadium games in Santa Clara, California running as usual in the fall.
Smith wondered if keeping supporters away from the stadiums was enough to limit the spread of the coronavirus, as players and team workers will continue to travel from areas where the pandemic may not be contained.
NFL chief physician Dr. Allen Sills told NFL.com Judy Battista that extended testing will need to be available to give league officials the confidence to start the season.