We’ve all been wondering how the NFL 2020 season will be affected by COVID -19 and as of now, the NFL seems to be moving ahead with planning it: they will release its regular-season schedule on Thursday.
The schedule will be revealed in a three-hour telecast on NFL Network starting at 8 p.m. Eastern.
So far, the league has not announced any major changes to its schedule as a result of the pandemic, but as the New York Daily News reports, NFL training facilities are closed because of the pandemic, leading to the league’s first-ever “virtual offseason,” but the league still plans to start the season on time while playing in teams’ home stadiums.
Opening day for the 2020 season is September 10, with the season set to conclude with Super Bowl 55 on February 7. The NFL also held last month’s draft on time while canceling all in-person events.
The league’s Troy Vincent told The Associated Press last week that should the pandemic force major changes to the season, the league is considering alternatives including empty stadiums, neutral sites and getting rid of bye weeks. Any such changes would have to be approved by the players union.
On Monday (5/4), the NFL announced it was moving its five games scheduled for London and Mexico City this season back to U.S. stadiums.