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NFL Won’t Feel Impact of College Football Postponements

The NFL appears to be full forces with their season, but college football's season could be dead. Multiple outlets reported that the Big Ten and Pac-12 made the decision to postpone their college football seasons leaving an opening potentially for the NFL. Both conferences will reexamine if they want to have a college football season in the spring. There is no word on whether the two conferences' departure from the season will impact the College Football Playoffs. This news, however, doesn't appear to change the NFL and their plans for 2020. How Does The News Impact the NFL Season It would be...

NBA Restart in Orlando: Night One Preview

Rejoice NBA fans as the restart to the season begins Thursday night in Orlando. The NBA has reopened the restart season in Orlando after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 in March. An announcement by the league said that zero positive tests have occurred in the last round of testing. https://twitter.com/TheNBPA/status/1288506023549054976 This is good news for the league after MLB found themselves an outbreak with the Miami Marlins involving 17 players and two coaches testing positive. The Marlins are currently not playing games through Sunday due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Night one of the Orlando tournament will begin Thursday night...

NFL Players Opting Out Shouldn’t be a Surprise

Fans can't be too surprised that NFL players are opting out of the season due to COVID-19. The first of the NFL players opting out of the season was Kansas City Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. He took to social media to announce he was opting out. Duvernay-Tardif has been working as an orderly at a Montreal long-term facility for the last few months. https://twitter.com/LaurentDTardif/status/1286839610727976965?s=21 As of Tuesday morning on July 28, ten NFL players have opted out of the season. Players have until August 1 to decide whether they will play or not. The New England Patriots have been the hardest hit as...

NFL Takes Major Step with Testing, Preseason Cancellation

The NFL gives the players what they wanted by offering a potential of a cancellation of preseason games. It was reported Monday that the NFL offered the NFLPA zero preseason games resulting in a full cancellation. While this offer has been reported, nothing has been set in stone as of yet. NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah took to Twitter Monday to say that no offer has been made. "They had the right to set those (or not) under the CBA already," Atallah said in his tweet. The league and the NFLPA agreed to do daily testing of...

NFL COVID-19 Response Is Lacking

NFL players are asking the NFL to come up with a game plan on how to offset COVID-19 this season. Rookies on the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs are reporting to team facilities with the NFL testing them for COVID-19. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Monday that players will test for COVID-19 and go straight home the first two days. If the players' tests come back negative two straight days, they can take their physicals and start team activities. Kansas City and Houston are required under the CBA to report despite there not being protocols for the health and safety...

NFL Should Cancel the Preseason in 2020

A preseason in the NFL may not be worth it as they try to protect the health of players and staff. ProFootballTalk first reported last week that the league was scrapping week one and four of the preseason. https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/1278423784312262658 The NFL already announced last month that the Pro Football Hall of Fame game and induction ceremony were canceled for 2020. So far, the preseason will only have two games that features one home and away game for each team. The preseason will start the week...

The NFL Hall of Fame Game Will Be First of More Cancellations

No NFL Hall of Fame game and a postponed enshrinement ceremony is only the beginning. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the NFL has decided to cancel the Pro Football Hall of Fame game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The league will also postpone the enshrinement ceremony of the Hall of Fame all due to the coronavirus. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/1276108290540425216 The move doesn't come as a surprise as the NFL was hoping to push back the dates of when teams start practicing together. This past weekend, the...

NFL Should Take Notes From NBA on COVID-19 Response

Disney will play host to the NBA's bubble season in the hopes of isolating players from the general public. The NFL might want to do the same thing. Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke on Thursday about how football leagues like college and NFL needs to be cautious on how they approach the regular season. https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/1273627436664729602 We have already seen several football teams in college and the NFL with high number of COVID-19 cases. 13 Texas Longhorn players tested positive for COVID-19 with an additional ten players who...

NFL Coaches Returning to Team Facilities is Step in the Right Direction

With COVID-19 still on the minds of many, the NFL is making sure to slowly get business back up safely. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport received the memo that commissioner Roger Goodell telling teams that coaches can go to team facilities starting Friday. https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/1268598571181527048 The memo also mentioned that players not seeking treatment for injuries are still not eligible to return. Coaches are only able to return should they receive permission from their local and state governments. Facilities can have up to 100 employees at their facilities...

NFL International Games Canceled for 2020

As the NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, it appears there won't be any games internationally. The league announced Monday that they won't host any games overseas in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Five games were scheduled to be played either in Mexico or the UK. https://twitter.com/NFLUK/status/1257339424020615169 "After considerable analysis, we believe the decision to play all our games domestically this season is the right one for our players, our clubs, and all our fans in the US, Mexico and UK," NFL executive vice president,...

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