Bears’ opening game an uncertainty, says Illinois governor
The President of the United States believes the NFL will open the 2020 season on time. However, the Illinois governor isn’t as optimistic. According to Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker, he is unsure if the Chicago Bears will open their season in September as scheduled.
Why? Because there is way too much uncertainty regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
Via Dan Santaromita of NBC Sports Chicago:
“Well, the Bears are a great team whether they’re playing or not, but I will say this, it’s not up to us,” Pritzker said. “We don’t know. None of us really knows. But what I do know is this; if the researchers are able to come up with a treatment, something that will save lives, something that will keep people off ventilators, maybe even keep them out of hospitals, then that will be an enormous development for our country and for the future.
It may allow us to open things up in the way the president is describing. But the truth is that no one predicts now that we’re going to have that treatment any time in the next few weeks or even in the next month, and no one really knows if we’ll have it by September.”
Pritzker finished his thoughts by saying a vaccine will definitely accelerate the recovery from the pandemic, which would obviously mean the Bears’ season could start on time in September in that scenario:
“What we do know is that if you have a vaccine, that ultimately will help us deal with the problem,” Pritzker said. “Because it’s either going to be a treatment and herd immunity that ultimately allows us to open everything back up, or it’s a vaccine.”
President Donald Trump stated that he believes the NFL season will start in September. He actually stated this during a conference call with sports commissioners of all of the major sports leagues in America.
At the current moment, coronavirus continues to ripple the county. As of Monday morning, there are nearly 10,000 deaths due to the pandemic. All things considered, it’s impossible to know if the NFL season will start as originally scheduled.