NFL to release full schedule next week, report says; on-time start planned

first_imgIt’s impossible to know how events will unfold in the coming months, but right now the NFL is maintaining a business-as-usual approach, at least as it relates to the 2020 schedule. In the next few days, the league will release a full 17-week schedule that begins with a Sept. 10 opener and ends with Super Bowl 55 on Feb. 7, league spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN on Saturday. Four months would stand between an early May schedule release and the first game, and the coronavirus pandemic obviously could complicate matters. NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent said this week that the league is doing “reasonable and responsible planning” in regards to COVID-19.The league has several contingency plans that could include a delayed start to the season and pushing back the Super Bowl, according to The Associated Press. MORE: Blockbuster ratings for NFL Draft underscore American hunger for sports’ returnOther reports have mentioned the possibility of the NFL playing on Saturdays if the college football season is canceled or delayed, but ESPN reports the soon-to-be-released schedule isn’t expected to include an “influx” of Saturday contests. The NFL kept free agency and the draft on schedule in March and April, respectively, and both events were met with great success. A 17-week schedule with no delays appears to be next as the league does its best to keep moving full-steam ahead.last_img read more