We have heard numerous times over the past few weeks that the NFL would be releasing their 2020 regular season schedule on time in early may, but it appears the fans will be waiting even longer for that to happen.
On Wednesday, Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily reported that the league is now mulling whether to push back the release of the schedule.
“…some influential team executives and ticketing industry insiders advise against it, saying it’s inviting trouble to commit to game times without more clarity about the season. With the draft now over, Commissioner Roger Goodell was said to be freshly evaluating the situation this week.”
The report goes on to state that broadcasters, local sales teams, as well as travel planners would love for the schedule to released on time due to it helping with sales efforts to have firm dates to plan around.
As of right now, nothing can be determined as going as planned with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has brought sports to a halt in the United States.
“Some have argued that a delay of just a few weeks could greatly help inform league strategy, because they could observe how things are going in the states that are gradually re-opening the economy in May and make better decisions about the fall.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert who’s a part of the White House’s coronavirus task force, has already went on record to state that without widespread testing and quick results, sports may be sidelined for the duration of 2020.
“Safety, for the players and for the fans, trumps everything,” Fauci told the New York Times. “If you can’t guarantee safety, then unfortunately you’re going to have to bite the bullet and say, ‘We may have to go without this sport for this season.’”
“I would love to be able to have all sports back,” Fauci told the Times. “But as a health official and a physician and a scientist, I have to say, right now, when you look at the country, we’re not ready for that yet.”