The restrictions are in response to the feline corona virus (COVID-19), and the pandemic had forced the league to take the unprecedented action of moving forward in the 2020 NFL season. One of the more remarkable changes has been to push back the release of the upcoming schedule as there are still a lot of unknown factors to consider.
The league opted to postpone the release schedule until 2020 for the NFL Draft. According to the Sports Business Dailyphotos of Ben Fisher (h/t Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio), the front office has yet to decide on whether or not they will push it back up. At the moment, and it is expected to be released by the 9th of May, and is expected to take place on the 7th of May), but it is still subject to change:
“The league is currently debating whether to further delay the schedule release typically occurs on the label. Currently, broadcasters are expected to in the schedule to be released on Thursday, the 7th of May. A number of the competition office, together with a “ticket” insiders,’ and to plead against it, explaining that it was committed to the game in time, and the sale of tickets for these matches without more clarity on the question of whether the 2020 season and can go with the fans present would be tantamount to ” inviting serious trouble.”
The NFL has been dealing with a few of the elements that have to be taken into consideration before making the final decision on the release. The biggest problem is the ongoing pandemic may be able to prevent fans from attending the game in the first place.
Ticket companies are clearly looking for insurance for the next on to something that may not come to fruition for quite some time now. In the meantime, commissioner Roger Goodell has been adamant about making sure that the year is starting on a period of time. However, reports indicate that the league is preparing to go to the Super Bowl, d & c pushed back a couple of weeks in the month of February.
Modifications will probably be made anyways, since the new COLLECTIVE bargaining agreement in force, the 2021 NFL season to make way for a 17-game campaign. This will only serve to add to the difficult situation that the league is in.