NFL Still Plans To Host A Full-Season Schedule In 2020
The NFL organization is adamant to continue the 2020 season despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The members have been finding ways to host events running on time since March 17, so plans for the schedule are starting to come together. This gives the Bitcoin NFL odds list more life as bettors expect more sports action coming their way.
NFL executive Jeff Pash made an announcement this week regarding the season continuation. Pash confirmed that as much as possible, the NFL intends to host a full season in 2020 despite the ongoing crisis.
“Our planning, our expectation, is fully directed at playing a full season starting on schedule and having a full regular season and a full set of playoffs. Am I certain? I’m not certain that I’ll be here tomorrow. But I’m planning on it.” Pash, through CBS Sports NFL insider Jonathan Jones, also added: “Our discussions and focus have been on a normal traditional season, starting on time, playing in front of fans, in our regular stadiums.”
The Free Agency 2020, following new rules and restrictions such as the one-helmet rule, pushed through last March 17. The NFL owners already approved the expansion of the 2020 playoffs from 12 to 14 teams. The NFL Draft, meanwhile, is still set to start on April 23, Thursday but on a different location. Las Vegas is now out of the picture as the state is one of the top five most vulnerable areas when it comes to infection and recession. All events of the draft will be broadcasted as usual.
With the schedule of the NFL Draft, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero said that the 2020 regular-season schedule is expected to be released no later than May 9. The usual schedule always takes place in mid-April before the NFL Draft begins. As the plan needs careful deliberation, Pash confirmed that there would be an NFL annual spring meeting scheduled from May 18 to 20 in California. If all members approved the plan, the league might even continue to play international games next season.
In the meantime, the NFL continues to conduct off-field, business-related meetings and conferences. Some are remote. Coaches and players, however, are prohibited from entering NFL facilities until further notice. Even offseason voluntary workouts are cancelled.