Life might feel like it's stuck in a time warp right now due to social distancing and the coronavirus, but the NFL plans to continue with their normal regular season schedule.
That means games should start in September and as of now with no geographical restrictions. Again, that's right now.
NFL EVP Jeff Pash tells reporters league discussing "virtual offseason" programs; says the expectation is for a full season starting on schedule.— Daniel Kaplan (@KaplanSportsBiz) March 31, 2020
NFL's Jeff Pash is asked if the league is working through the possibility of a delayed or shortened season, or games in empty stadiums: "All of our focus has been on a normal season starting on time ... played in front of our fans."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 31, 2020
Asked again on contingency plans, and when the NFL would need to start looking at those, general counsel Jeff Pash said based on information they've gathered from experts and advisors: "We're pretty confident we'll be able to start on schedule."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 31, 2020
The NFL's confidence in a full regularly scheduled season runs in stark contrast to what's happened elsewhere in the sporting world. The NBA, NHL, PGA and Major League Baseball are all indefinitely postponed with intentions to start as soon as safety concerns allow.
The NFL does have the advantage of time, with no games scheduled for five months.
The league already canceled or postponed all team events to keep players out of team facilities and canceled all travel between scouts, coaches and personnel executives as it relates to the NFL Draft. The league also closed the draft to the public.
The next real firm date on the NFL calendar will be the start of training camp in late July. Right now, it looks like the show will go on.
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