By Mark Gallagher
The NFL will release its 2020 schedule late next week, a league spokesman says, including a Sept. 10 opener, the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 and visions of fans in the stands.
“We plan to start on time,” the spokesman said.
NFL executive vice president and former Eagle Troy Vincent said this week that the league is doing “reasonable and responsible planning” regarding health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic.
Contingency plans have been considered should the pandemic intensify, one of which is delaying the season until mid-October, according to the Sports Business Journal. Empty stadiums and no bye weeks have long been discussed.
A centralized location to play the season is not being considered, according to ESPN. The NBA and Major League Baseball have discussed playing at a neutral site such as Walt Disney World, Las Vegas or Arizona.
The league is evaluating when players can reenter team facilities. The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to keep buildings closed until every state in which a team resides lifts its stay-at-home mandate. Teams are prepared to conduct offseason workouts and June minicamps virtually.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will not accept a salary during the pandemic. The league raised more than $100 million for coronavirus relief during the NFL draft.