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Will the 2020 NFL season start on time?

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Training camps are two weeks away, and the season is two months away. The NFL needs to figure things out fast.

NFL: SEP 15 49ers at Bengals Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Well, here we are. Four months into a pandemic hitting American soil and no one can say for certain where we’ll be in the coming months.

As for the NFL, they have a more confident stance on the situation.

The league has maintained a plan to play a full 16-game regular season schedule in front of live fans. With how the last month has gone, that plan seems to be on shaky ground.

For starters, half of the preseason has been cut off. At the moment, the NFLPA wants the entire preseason shut down, and the two sides will presumably address that issue later today. That’s not an encouraging sign for the regular season going smoothly.

Franchises have also notified fans about limited seating capacity and restricted or even the cancellation of all tailgating. The Bengals recently sent out information to their season ticket holders about these issues.

Cancelling the whole season is the last resort for the NFL and its owners. How they handle testing, player contracts of players who opt out for this season, and contingencies in general will determine if they can get the season started on time, and if there won’t be stoppages afterwards.

As of right now, with all the information at your disposal, what do you think will happen with the start of the season?

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Will the 2020 NFL season start on time?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    Yes, with no delays
    (139 votes)
  • 16%
    Yes, but will eventually be stopped/postponed
    (99 votes)
  • 25%
    No, and will be delayed moderately (2-8 weeks)
    (149 votes)
  • 10%
    No, and will be delayed until 2021
    (60 votes)
  • 23%
    No, the season will be cancelled
    (140 votes)
587 votes total Vote Now