NFL Pushes For Playoff Continuation Despite Outbreak
The NFL has yet to release its concrete plan for the 2020-21 season. However, it’s certain that there will be no NFL playoff bubble. The league remains committed to providing a more spread out regular-season playoff despite the ongoing pandemic.
The league announced that it won’t postpone its remaining games. In fact, it’s the last option as Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay is less than a month away. Cancellations and postponements may result in loss of revenue.
It’s worth noting that the NFL successfully completed its regular season in 2020 despite the threats of the pandemic. The postseason already commences this weekend, and six games are now on the schedule with sportsbooks lining up the odds for NFL betting fans.
However, in an unexpected turn of events, there are problems entering the playoffs as the Cleveland Browns became the latest team to be impacted by COVID-19. The recent outbreak on the Browns forced players and coaches to take a break. Even head coach Kevin Stefanski was sidelined. The Browns will originally compete in the playoffs for the first time since 2002 when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
The NFL and its player’s union appear to face the problem head-on while ignoring the public’s suggestion to hold a bubble environment.
“Given the schedule that we have right now, we may not have the same flexibility that we had in the regular season…But to me, the most important takeaway here is that we are sticking to the same protocol and the same way we are approaching this, as we would any game,” said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith during a call with media members on Tuesday.
The NFL revealed 70 new cases in its most recent testing report on Tuesday. The league became a part of the country’s rising COVID-19 cases after the holiday season. But then again, the league about to conclude its 2020 season, so postponing playoff games is not an ideal option.
Fortunately, Smith also suggested that nothing is off the table when it comes to cancellation and rescheduling, especially that a new COVID strain was discovered. In the meantime, the league and NFL teams focus on containing additional outbreaks.