NFL will monitor return of the Bundesliga

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As pandemics go, the NFL has benefited from the timing of the current one. It didn’t emerge during football season, and it happened at a time that has given the league months to watch and to wait and to learn and to incorporate strategies employed by other sports leagues that were disrupted by the virus.

As explained by Bob Glauber of Newsday, the NFL is monitoring the impending return of Germany’s professional soccer league. Known as the Bundesliga, it will resume action on May 16.

“We’ve been in contact with all domestic leagues, but also sports organizations around the world,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Newsday. “We have a number of protocols, see what works, see what can translate into our sport. We’re all in the sports business, but every sport has its own matters to attend to.”

The Bundesliga will conduct games with no fans. The NFL is hopeful that, by September, football stadiums will be open. Until then, the NFL can learn from the measures utilized by other leagues to get back to business.

“We’re looking at eventually 90 players for training camp, which is quite different from other sports,” McCarthy said. “There are some commonalities, and that’s why we’ve had a number of people from our staff — from [NFL chief medical officer] Allen Sills and [NFL executive V.P. of health and safety policy] Jeff Miller — on calls with other sports leagues. We’re looking at what we can adopt, what we can modify that is working in other sports, sharing best practices.”

The NFL is determined to play in 2020, and the recently-released schedule hints at a damn-the-torpedoes desire to proceed with Week One, followed by flexibility for up to three weeks if political, P.R., and/or medical fallout compel adjustments.

If the NFL ultimately can’t play with fans present, maybe the league will take one specific page from the Bundesliga: Selling to fans the opportunity to place plastic cutouts in the stands.

9 responses to “NFL will monitor return of the Bundesliga

  1. If you’re scared stay home, but let’s get the games started, and I’ll be there with or without a mask… Period

  2. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 10, 2020 at 2:24 pm
    Just delay this thing until we have a vaccine.
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    Or we can quarantine the vulnerable while sniveling little mama’s boys hide their
    heads in their pillows crying “Somebody Do Something”.
    The rest of us who recognize this isn’t the plague that it was described as and realize
    the young and strong aren’t in very much danger will get on with our lives
    and move forward in a world that includes football being played.

  3. jerrystrashcan says:
    May 10, 2020 at 5:46 pm
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 10, 2020 at 2:24 pm
    Just delay this thing until we have a vaccine.
    _____________________________________________

    Or we can quarantine the vulnerable while sniveling little mama’s boys hide their
    heads in their pillows crying “Somebody Do Something”.
    The rest of us who recognize this isn’t the plague that it was described as and realize
    the young and strong aren’t in very much danger will get on with our lives
    and move forward in a world that includes football being played

    @@@@@@@@@222

    “the young and strong aren’t in very much danger will get on with our lives”

    Wish your mom happy Mother’s Day

  4. jerrystrashcan says:
    May 10, 2020 at 5:46 pm
    “the young and strong aren’t in very much danger will get on with our lives”
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    The problem is “the young” are physically strong; but not yet as emotionally or mentally strong as the elders. There’s a reason most any high-level leadership positions are vasty predominant (eventually directed) by older people. We rely on their experience and knowledge through most every leadership decision that effect all of our lives, regarding ALL fields.

    This disease will strongly affect those “physically” over 45, but it DOES leave lasting lung injury (holes in your lungs, etc) to ALL ages who contract COVID-19 – and that WILL affect them as THEY get older.

    This is much more serious for the young people than they realize. And they really dont see that yet.

  5. It is surprising this article ignores the % increase in infections since Germany relaxed their lockdown.

    More importantly, that one German team (Dynamo Dresden) has had to isolate every member of their team and staff due to new infections within the team since training restarted. Although the cynical may suggest an element of gamesmanship by the club as they are in a relegation position so would benefit from the season being cancelled, this makes resumption of sports look unwise in my opinion.

  6. Polio was worse. The world didn’t wait until we had a vaccine.
    In many places the average age of death from Covid is 84.
    Deaths from depression and people not getting treated for curable conditions
    due to fear of catching Covid from. going to hospitals.
    Quarantine the high risk. Wear a mask in public. Push on.

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