NFL may delay schedule release beyond May 9

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The NFL will release its 2020 schedule by May 9. Unless it won’t.

Despite repeated comments by the league indicating that the 2020 regular-season schedule will be released on or before May 9, the NFL currently is considering postponing the schedule release.

Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily reports that the league currently is debating whether to further postpone the schedule release, which usually comes out before the draft. Currently, broadcasters expect to the schedule to be released on Thursday, May 7. Some inside the league office, along with “ticket industry insiders,” are arguing against it, explaining that committing to game times (and selling tickets to those games) without more clarity about whether the 2020 season can proceed with fans present would amount to “inviting trouble.”

Per Fischer, Commissioner Roger Goodell is taking a fresh look at the situation this week, now that the draft has come and gone.

Team travel planners, broadcasters, and sales teams want certainty. Secondary-ticket companies are concerned about buying and selling tickets giving the high likelihood that refunds will be required.

It’s unclear how much time is required to provide the clarity needed for the purposes of selling or not selling tickets to games. Regardless, the NFL now has a problem to resolve far thornier than restructuring the offseason program, especially since it directly involves the critical relationship between pro football and its paying customers.

18 responses to “NFL may delay schedule release beyond May 9

  1. They can release the schedule and not have any worry about the concerns of “ticket industry insiders”

    Where that even come from?

    They can announce the schedule on May 7th without having to have the issue of playing games with fans in attendance or not settled.

    The next decision will be whether to have open to the public training camp practices. That decision will be made in late July. Fans should plan for training camps to open in late July with NO open practices.

  2. The Browns play on Dallas this year. I’m makin my Thanksgiving Day plans when the Cowboys become the turkeys.

  3. “Secondary-ticket companies are concerned about buying and selling tickets giving the high likelihood that refunds will be required.”

    AKA Scalpers. Let them burn.

  4. Out of abundance of caution this season should be cancelled. Flattening the curve should be the priority. Or was flattening the curve the narrative last month?

  5. I’m suddenly glad I’m not a zillion-aire owner having to decide between health and beauty.

  6. theprovoker says:
    April 28, 2020 at 8:01 pm
    The Browns play on Dallas this year. I’m makin my Thanksgiving Day plans when the Cowboys become the turkeys

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    I don’t think you know how the system works for Thanksgiving games. Last year Dallas played Buffalo, an AFC team which was aired on CBS.

    This year, the Cowboys will play an NFC team so that it will be aired on Fox. They alternate each year. Detroit plays the opposite conference that Dallas plays.

  7. Like I have said, they won’t trigger the CBA contract clause about having to pay players if they cancel games (actually weekly scheduled games) if they don’t actually SCHEDULE the games.

    NFL lawyers need to understand this. DO NOT SCHEDULE THE GAMES – It could save you BILLIONS of dollars.

  8. We should be very conscience of the millions of hard working Americans losing their jobs due to shutting down the economy. Every one of us have mortgages to pay and food to put on the table.

  9. We have had dangerous viruses around since the beginning of time and this will continue every year moving forward. There will always be people clamoring to shut it down every year. You can’t affect a person’s way of making a living and not get strong pushback from them.

  10. One year with no fans would be nice – we could use that season ticket money for more important things.

  11. db105 says:
    April 28, 2020 at 8:41 pm
    Out of abundance of caution this season should be cancelled. Flattening the curve should be the priority. Or was flattening the curve the narrative last month?
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    Flattening the curve means exactly what it sounds like. The idea that this will just disappear if we all hide for a year is ludicrous. We will get back to normal.

  12. popeye says:
    April 28, 2020 at 8:29 pm
    IMO, there will be a season…it may start later…no fans though
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    I agree. I think there will be some type of a season but doubt it will be a normal one. Maybe fewer games, maybe a later start, but something.

    I just don’t see any way stadiums packed with tens of thousands of fans is happening though, at least not until public health conditions change dramatically (e.g., a vaccine). What team would want to take on that liability?

  13. Even if they play this season, I’m not going to any games even though I have season tickets. The risk will still be too high…sitting side by side with strangers and jostling for position in the beer line/men’s room?

    Nope, not this year.

  14. Just bite the bullet and cancel the season at the end of June if a vaccine has not yet been developed.

    It’s not worth it. Even without fans, you’re still exposing the players, coaches and staff on the field. Why risk it?

    Come back next year at full strength. Trust me….the fans will still be here.

  15. My question is…how will the NFL deal with international games where testing capabilities are not on the same level as the US.

  16. Dr Anthony Fauci needs to be careful with what he is saying right now. He needs to keep in mind that there are millions of Americans that will go hungry or lose their homes without a paycheck. There will be more deaths due to stress and starvation than COVOD-19. Most people cannot go months without work and he needs to realize that.

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