As the coronavirus becoming an even larger threat daily, Roger Goodell and the National Football League will need to get creative with how they handle this situation. Sports such as tennis, golf, and NASCAR have already undergone controversy for starting their tournaments back up, even though they are non-contact sports. Imagine the dismay those same people had when they heard that both the NBA and NHL started their seasons back up, regardless of the fact that they are very sports that require lots of contact. However, both the NBA and NHL took precaution and snatched up two amazing spots to keep their players contained in, to reduce the risk of a potential positive case. This leaves the NFL in a weird spot, as they will have to play in their stadiums, but won’t be able to keep their players in a “bubble” and reduce their risk of a positive coronavirus case. Along with that, the typical NFL team has 15 assistant coaches added onto the 48 player roster. The list doesn’t even end there, as there are about 10 to 15 trainers on the team as well. Now, how do you make almost 70 people on each team to stay safe and follow the rules the NFL wants them to follow.
As Week 1 approaches, so far there have been 25 teams that have announced that for at least the first two weeks, there will be no fans in attendance. There have been 7 teams that are allowing the fans, however. Those 8 teams being the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, and the Dallas Cowboys.
It will be interesting to see how the National Football League responds to the pandemic and the new information we receive daily.