The coronavirus has altered American society in significant ways.
While lockdowns remain in many states, citizens are ready to resume their lives.
And sports fans just got some great news about the NFL.
There are over 1.2 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States, and nearly 70,000 Americans have lost their lives.
In addition to the loss of life, trillions of dollars have been lost from the economy due to the unprecedented shutdown.
While streaming services have tided people over in terms of entertainment, there’s still a major sports-shaped hole missing from Americans’ lives.
The NBA season was put on hiatus, and could be canceled.
Same goes for the NHL.
Major League Baseball has delayed the beginning of its season.
The Olympics set to take place in Japan were delayed, the Kentucky Derby was postponed and Wimbledon was canceled for the first time since World War II.
However, sports fans could be getting some great news.
The NFL is set to announce its schedule for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
This suggests the league is planning to proceed as normal.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN:
“We plan to start on time . . . If we have to make adjustments, we will be prepared to do so based on the latest guidance from our medical experts and public health officials and current and future government regulations.”
There had been talks of a shortened season, but if the league is gearing up to commence on time, fans could be spared that fate.
The NFL hasn’t had a work stoppage since the strike in 1987 when teams only played 15 games, and three games were played mostly by replacement players.
League officials still haven’t said if crowds will be allowed inside the stadiums, or if there will be any social distancing measures.
Those details remain in flux as new information about the Wuhan coronavirus emerges every day.
By the time the fall rolls around, there could be an effective treatment developed, or possibly even a vaccine.
Donald Trump announced an initiative called Operation Warp Speed to develop a vaccine posthaste.
Regardless of what happens, the NFL announcing its schedule is great news for fans who are ready to see competitive sports again.
Re-runs and HORSE tournaments just aren’t going to cut it.
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