With ongoing stay-at-home orders being extended throughout dozens of states around the country, the NFL continues to work around the possibility that there may be serious delays to the start of its season.
On Monday, new reports from the Sports Business Journal detailed what a delayed season could look like, as well as the specific changes being mulled over in league offices. Some of the highlights include:
- Moving the Super Bowl to Feb. 28, 2021. The report states that "specific conversations have occurred with Tampa hosts about delaying the Super Bowl by one week to Feb. 14, but a source said the last two weeks of February are in play as well."
- No Pro Bowl. At least one contingency plan focuses on "cutting the weekend between the conference championships and the Super Bowl, where the Pro Bowl is typically played, to allow another week to be lost to delays. Under such a plan, the Pro Bowl would not be played."
- No bye weeks. Instead, "two weeks of early-season games could be shifted wholesale to the end of the season. A third week would feature teams only playing opponents with the same bye week, so that week could be cut and byes eliminated leaguewide."
Interestingly enough, the article goes on to say that the league still plans on releasing the 2020 schedule on May 7, despite the growing uncertainty of how realistic it would be.