College football eyes possible summer season

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The NFL could have the fall football stage to itself, if the NFL finds a way to play its 2020 games.

Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal reports that one of the scenarios for playing college football in 2020 consists of moving the season to July, August, and September.

The decision to accelerate the season would be driven by concerns that the American coronavirus epidemic could subside in the warmer months and return in the fall. An abbreviated college football season played in the summer months could be the best, and only, way to get a college football season accomplished.

The idea remains in its very early stages, and it would hinge on a variety of factors, from whether campuses would be able to staff the games to whether TV partners would embrace the idea to whether fans would show up in sweltering heat to whether fans would be able to attend the games at all.

Smith reports that alternative scenarios like a summer season will be discussed by the powers-that-be, and that it ultimately could be the only way to play the games in 2020.

If that happens, the NFL could try to schedule a fall season that would include Saturday games, perhaps in the same windows during which games are played on Sundays. This would help recoup lost revenue, if fans can’t attend the games in person. It also would require Congress to waive the prohibition on televising Friday and Saturday games between Labor Day weekend and early December, the longstanding quid pro quo for the NFL’s broadcast antitrust exemption.

However it plays out, creativity, flexibility, and unpredictability will be a major part of the overall sports experience, for the foreseeable future and maybe beyond.

9 responses to “College football eyes possible summer season

  1. We’ll have a vaccine by the fall unless the FDA decides to do FDA things and drag it out just for the sake of dragging it out

  2. This is a bad idea…..yet if that is the only way we see CFB this season….what ever it takes.

  3. Yeah, playing in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and even Ohio, Michigan and Iowa in the summer is a great idea. It’s hard enough to get through a practice in summer conditions, let alone a game. Kids will be dropping like flies.
    I trust they will think this through long and hard, get the best medical advice available and not let greed be the deciding factor.

  4. They really think student athletes should play in Austin, Tuscaloosa, Gainesville, and Tempe in July & August? No way! That’s just greed by the “powers that be” without any consideration for the poor kids playing the games. Lots of fans would also stay away from those games. This is a stupid idea.
    If it’s that big of a deal, play an 8 game season starting the weekend before Labor Day immediately followed by the bowls/playoffs so that everything is over by the end of October.

  5. jasons81 says:
    March 27, 2020 at 7:32 pm
    We’ll have a vaccine by the fall unless the FDA decides to do FDA things and drag it out just for the sake of dragging it out
    Ummmm…. no…

    It’s for these reasons that taking a vaccine candidate all the way to regulatory approval typically takes a decade or more, and why President Trump sowed confusion when, at a meeting at the White House on 2 March, he pressed for a vaccine to be ready by the US elections in November – an impossible deadline. “Like most vaccinologists, I don’t think this vaccine will be ready before 18 months,” says Annelies Wilder-Smith, professor of emerging infectious diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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