League, union discuss shorter preseason

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Officially, the NFL has scheduled a full preseason to begin in August. Unofficially, there’s already talk of scaling back the preseason.

Amid concerns that the coronavirus shutdown has prevented players from having enough offseason work to be ready for the start of the preseason, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the NFL and NFL Players Association are discussing the possibility of shortening the 2020 preseason.

No decisions have been made, but the report says multiple team executives believe there’s a good chance the preseason will be cut in half, from four games to two games.

A shorter preseason has long been a topic of conversation in the NFL, for reasons that had nothing to do with the particular issues facing the NFL this year. If a shorter preseason goes well this year, it’s easy to see a shorter preseason being adopted beyond this year.

10 responses to “League, union discuss shorter preseason

  1. As long as it doesn’t mean a longer regular season, I think most of us are fine with that.

  2. This league has a bigger problem happening right now, as it has for the last four years. Forget about extended regular seasons and shortened preseasons. How about not dividing your fanbase and angering your longtime fans with your selective politics? No one else in this nation is allowed to protest at their employment. There’s nothing unifying about kneeling during the national anthem, period.

  3. How about as single game? Tampa Bay vs New England. Settle who is better and leave it behind, finally.

  4. I think taking 1 game off the preseason schedule is a good idea, given the truncated ota’s and likely restrictions that could be in place when camps start.

  5. It seems with a shortened off season this year, and no OTA’s, a full preseason would be necessary this year.

  6. I’d like to see 3 preseason games after this season. 1 home, 1 road, 1 at a local college.

  7. Players get seriously hurt during pre-season, and fans have to pay for tickets.
    What is the point of having it?
    The only possible benefit is teams are going to be rusty at the start of a season without pre-season, and I wouldn’t want to pay to attend or watch a crapy game.

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