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.

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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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