Every professional sports league in America has had its season disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic except the NFL.
Most, if not all of the reason for that can be attributed to timing, considering the NFL season ended in February and regular-season games don't pick back up until September.
It remains to be seen whether the 2020 campaign will be delayed or drastically changed due to the virus, but as of now, commissioner Roger Goodell seems focused on keeping everything on schedule, starting with the NFL Draft and the league's regular-season schedule release.
“We are planning on putting our game schedule out by May 9," Goodell told NBC Sports' Mike Tirico. "We’re planning and working towards staying on schedule... We intend to do everything possible to stay focused on that and be prepared to execute on that because that’s where we think we’ll be.”
The NFL made the upcoming 2020 draft virtual in compliance with social distancing guidelines, moving it off of its original Las Vegas venue. The draft will still take place from April 23-25 and will give sports fans their first live event in over a month.
“It’s important to have normalcy," he said. "We’re doing this in a way that I think demonstrates that you can continue to do what we need to do in this country and do it safely from home. Our clubs want their roster finalized, they want to be moving forward. We want to keep on schedule as best we can.”
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