NFL Planning To Play Full Season, Expects To Release Schedule Around May 9


NFL executive Jeff Pash said on a conference call Tuesday that the league is planning to play a full season. 

“Our planning, our expectation is fully directed at playing a full season and starting on schedule,” Pash said, per Ian Rapoport. “Just as we did in 2019. Am I certain? I’m not certain I’ll be here tomorrow, but I’m planning on it. That’s what we talked about.”

The NFL told reporters that they’ve been in regular contact with CDC along with public health officials, and the model they’re working off would allow for the season to start on time, per Dan Graziano. They are, however, aware that all of this subject to change if that model turns out to be inaccurate.

Some other notes regarding potential changes include:

  • According to Pash, they’re exploring “virtual programs” for offseason communications and meetings.
  • As for the release of the NFL schedule, executive Brian Rolapp said the league is looking to release it on or around May 9. The NFL says they’re still optimistic about playing international games this year. 
  • While the draft won’t go on as they originally planned, the NFL is considering Las Vegas as a potential host for the event in 2020. 
  • NFL executive Troy Vincent mentioned that they’re considering allowing teams to use Zoom as an option for virtual workouts to help replace offseason programs.

We’ll have more regarding potential changes to the NFL as the news is available.

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