There has been a massive amount of debate amongst NFL fans on whether the 2020 regular season schedule will be released on time, or if it will be delayed as the sports world remains on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.
Whether the schedule is altered at all has yet to be scene, but according to ESPN’s Chris Mortenson the league still plans on releasing the schedule on May 9th.
The NFL still plans to release 2020 schedule by May 9, based on a full season, per league sources. Adjustments to the schedule will be made, as and if necessary, the sources said. Contingencies remain in discussion.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) April 16, 2020
It is worth noting Mortenson mentions, per his league source, how adjustments to the schedule will likely be made, and contingencies with the schedule will remain in discussion.
Right now the league can take a play-it-by-ear approach. The 2020 NFL Draft will be going off without any delay, and the draft and offseason workout programs will be held virtually. The league can see how the NHL, NBA and MLB handle the return to the field/court/ice and act accordingly.
It is worth noting the PGA Tour has set early June as the first date of their return for the 2020 season, and the first four events, which will take up the month of June, will be played without any fans watching live and in-person.
The NFL releasing their schedule on time is certainly a case of hoping for the best, and the alterations/contingencies would represent preparing for the worst. Nonetheless, on May 9th NFL fans will get to see how their schedule is laid out for the 2020 regular season.
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