The league will release its 2020 schedule late next week without any major changes, league spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed, including a Sept. 10 opener, the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 and visions of fans in the stands.
The league has evaluated contingency plans should the pandemic intensify, working in conjunction with the NFL Players Association and medical experts on a set of protocols.
One of those contingencies is delaying the season until mid-October, according to the Sports Business Journal. Empty stadiums and no bye weeks have long been discussed.
One option not on the table, a source told ESPN, is gathering players at a centralized location to execute a season.
The NBA and Major League Baseball have discussed playing at a neutral site such as Walt Disney World, Las Vegas or Arizona, but the NFL doesn’t plan to do that.
The NFL schedule is not expected to include an influx of Saturday games, despite uncertainty about whether college football can start its season on time.
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