NFL to release schedule next week, season to start on schedule despite coronavirus, report says

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The NFL has no plans to adjust its 2020 schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report.

With his schedule scheduled for next week, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said the regular season is set to start on September 10 and the Tampa Bay Super Bowl is still set for February 7, reported ESPN.

“We plan to start on time,” said McCarthy.

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ESPN said the league has been considering alternative plans, including working with the NFL Players Association and medical professionals to establish protocols, should the coronavirus outbreak continue.

The Sports Business Journal reported on Monday that contingencies being considered by the league included delaying the start of the season until October 15 and the return of the Super Bowl to February 28. Last month, the Washington Post reported that the league plans to play matches in empty or partially filled stadiums.

The NFL network reported March 31 that the league plans to release the schedule no later than May 9. So far, the NFL has adjusted some of its off-season activities due to the coronavirus. One of the first activities was the NFL draft, which took place virtually with coaches and executives from the 32 teams operating from their homes.

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The league and the players’ association have agreed to a voluntary virtual offseason program ending no later than May 15 because the team’s facilities have been closed.

The preseason schedule has yet to be changed, with the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers still on track to play the Hall of Fame game on August 6.



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