With the recent surge of COVID-19 cases across the nation, many are wondering if we’ll actually see football in 2020.
Well, the NFL apparently is still confident that there will be a season this year, according to a recent report by Pro Football Talk. However, there is pessimism when it comes to fans being allowed into games, but that’s an issue the league should be able to overcome.
The NFL remains highly optimistic that the 2020 season will happen.
Less optimism exists that fans will be present for any of the games, however. The temptation to swing the doors open and allow risks to be assumed and reduce capacity where needed with staggered arrivals and departures quite possibly will yield to political and public-heath considerations that could make it more prudent to pass on playing with fans.
While the losses arising from a season without fans would be significant, they would not be staggering. The bulk of the NFL’s money comes from televising games, and this year the games as televised likely would generate higher ratings than ever before.
We’ve seen several outbreaks of the virus within college football programs, though they have much more to worry about since they have thousands of college students on campus, whereas the NFL won’t have that to worry about.
As of now, training camps are still planned to begin in late July, followed by a condensed preseason of just two games before the regular season begins.
Personally, I think the season will begin on time but with limited-to-no fan presence in the stadiums.
Do you think the 2020 NFL season will begin on time? And will there be fans? Let us know in the comments section!