The coronavirus continues to monopolize the country’s attention.
Uncertainty is high and people are in search of reasons for optimism.
But President Trump just gave NFL fans something to look forward to.
There are now over 1.3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the world, and roughly 25% of those reported are in the United States.
In order to slow the spread of the illness, extreme social distancing measures were enacted and major sporting events are disrupted around the globe.
For the first time in 81 years, the NCAA basketball tournament affectionately known as “March Madness” was canceled.
The 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan were postponed to 2021.
Wimbledon was canceled, and the French Open was postponed until September.
In golf, the British Open was canceled.
The NBA and NHL seasons were shut down with no word on when or if the playoffs would take place.
And to top it all off the MLB season opening is delayed.
These are just some of the major disruptions that occurred, leaving sports fans across the world itching for their favorite events.
But Donald Trump just gave NFL fans some exciting news.
Trump told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell he believes the NFL season will begin on time in the fall.
NFL reporter Adam Schefter tweeted:
In conference call with major league sports commissioners on Saturday, President Donald Trump said he believes the NFL season should start on time in September, sources familiar with the call told @wojespn and me. More on call coming at https://t.co/rDZaVFhcDQ.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2020
This is welcomed news for football fans.
The NFL is America’s most popular sport, and the country will likely need the distraction after being forced inside for so long.
Not to mention the NFL is a multi-billion-dollar industry, and the economy will need the shot in the arm after being ground to a halt.
Prior to the season in the fall, the NFL is still planning on holding their annual draft at the end of the month.
The big difference is that the draft won’t be held at a singular location. Instead, teams will be drafting players remotely.
It’s still unclear when off-season activities will be allowed to take place, but optimism over the season’s regular fall opening is a good sign.
If things go off without a hitch, the NFL will have dodged a major bullet because their season concluded before the quarantine, and will recommence after it’s over.
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