NFL says it’s “conducting contingency planning” in Miami, Charlotte closely due to Hurricane Matthew

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The NFL said Thursday it is “conducting contingency planning” for Sunday’s Titans-Dolphins game in South Florida as well as Monday’s Buccaneers-Panthers game in Charlotte due to Hurricane Matthew.

“We are in close contact with local and state authorities about the hurricane,” a league statement said. “As always, our overriding concern is for public safety and not doing anything that will divert important resources away from communities that may be in distress.

“Consistent with that, we are conducting contingency planning for Sunday’s Tennessee at Miami game as well as Monday’s Tampa Bay at Carolina game.”

So, stay tuned.

A number of college games from Thursday-Saturday in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina have been rescheduled or postponed. The NFL will probably know more by Friday about potential damage and forecasts in affected areas.

25 responses to “NFL says it’s “conducting contingency planning” in Miami, Charlotte closely due to Hurricane Matthew

  1. There are hurricanes every year in the Carolinas, yet everyone whines and cries as if it’s the first time it ever happened. I’ve never seen so much whining!

  2. Combined win total of the 2 games/4 teams in question…….4. We are talking about 2 must not see games this weekend. Cancel and keep people safe…from the hurricane and bad football.

  3. Games originally scheduled for Miami and Charlotte ended up being completed somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Just off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.

  4. The big discussion going on right now is whether or not to just cancel the games and give the Pats two more (rightfully deserved) wins.

  5. Ted Wells will be needed to find out if air pressure was messed with. Just spoke to a friend in Miami. His family is laughing their azzes off on how the press is depicting this. Rain, yes, some strong winds, yes. Outside of that it’s a storm.

  6. mackcarrington says:
    Oct 6, 2016 4:59 PM

    There are hurricanes every year in the Carolinas, yet everyone whines and cries as if it’s the first time it ever happened. I’ve never seen so much whining!
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    Well, now we all know where they learned it, drama queen.

  7. Hope the back of the tickets say something about not playing a game due to hurricanes, or there will be hell to pay.

  8. NFL contingency plan
    1) Notify ticket holders that there will be no refunds.
    2) Will work itself out.

  9. donbat67 says:
    Oct 6, 2016 5:42 PM

    I’m in Ft. Lauderdale , the storm passed by with not a single leaf out of place , Media overblown event .
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    Since Ft Lauderdale is, and always has been, south of the predicted strike zone, congratulations. But unless you have better access to information than they do, I don’t think anyone should bother asking for your advice. You probably said the same thing before Katrina and Sandy, we all know how those turned out. It’s better to evacuate for nothing than drown.

  10. Switchwitch Miami is south of Ft. Lauderdale so why cancel a game , I’ve through a dozen hurricanes , media coverage is ALWAYS overblown .

  11. @donbat67

    Switchwitch Miami is south of Ft. Lauderdale so why cancel a game , I’ve through a dozen hurricanes , media coverage is ALWAYS overblown .
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    The stadium is on the county line and the storm will go over that area then up north the space coast to Jax then GA and the Carolinas. Also storms are funny and make unexpected turns. Fans from the trip-county areas go to the game so it’s not just Miami fans affected. Same with UM. The media over blows the storm but you can’t ignore a CAT 4-5 outside of whatever the media says.

  12. Just fly the teams to Texas and have them play in a mega high school stadium. The way these teams are playing might even fool a few people into thinking it’s a HS game.

  13. donbat67 says:
    Oct 6, 2016 7:39 PM

    Switchwitch Miami is south of Ft. Lauderdale so why cancel a game , I’ve through a dozen hurricanes , media coverage is ALWAYS overblown .
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    Not saying they should cancel or move the Miami game. Media coverage of everything is overblown these days, but sometimes they’re right, like Katrina and Sandy. By the time you figure out if they are right or wrong it’s too late to evacuate. There are 114 people who died in the Carribean from this storm, we don’t need any more but surely we’ll have some, generally people with the same mindset that you have. I’m pushing 57 and I’ve been through plenty of hurricanes myself, saw Andrew up close and personal, plenty of people thought the media were exaggerating and refused to evacuate until it was too late. I was also in Alexandria, LA the month before Katrina and luckily left a few days before it hit, plenty of people thought they didn’t need to evacuate then, too. Better to evacuate unnecessarily a thousand times than to stay during the wrong storm. Once you’re dead you don’t get a do-over.

  14. donbat67 says:
    Oct 6, 2016 5:42 PM
    I’m in Ft. Lauderdale , the storm passed by with not a single leaf out of place , Media overblown event .

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    Well seeing that the storm ain’t fully hit yet, I don’t see how you can say it passed

  15. Another consideration is teams traveling by air, will the airport be open for normal traffic, when will they be able to travel, in either direction? And then there’s field conditions, Miami is an open stadium. I don’t know anything about the stadium in Charlotte, but I’m sure there are plenty of questions that have to be answered there, too.

  16. I wish the NFL would have stadiums throughout the US that they considered using through the season to grow the brand in this country. I pretty sure Duck fans would flock to a Titans game at Autzen Stadium. 32 teams in 22 states. While this might be slightly off topic, it seems like they are starving for good ideas while not dropping bad ones. Hint: Thursday Night Football is just awful.

  17. “Well seeing that the storm ain’t fully hit yet, I don’t see how you can say it passed”

    It was already pass Miami when you posted. Miami wasn’t even in a Hurricane Watch zone, just a Tropical Storm warning.

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