The NFL plans to start its 2020 season on time in September, multiple executives said Tuesday, despite a global coronavirus pandemic that has shut down sports around the world.
Asked whether the league is making contingency plans for a later start, or for games to be played in neutral and/or empty stadiums, Pash said the league’s medical resources and models have indicated those plans might not be necessary.
In the meantime, however, normal league operations remain largely shut down. Team facilities are closed to all but a handful of essential employees. In-person free-agent and draft visits have been canceled, offseason programs are in question and the league has pushed back its annual schedule release to a point at or near May 9, according to Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s executive vice president/chief media and business officer.
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