The 2020 NFL Draft, though it was conducted under unusual circumstances, was able to give sports fans an escape from the reality of the coronavirus pandemic. After putting together an impressive haul of players in the draft, Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, declared that football will be played despite COVID-19.
“Yes, we’ll have football,” an emotional Jones said, via 105.3 The Fan. “Hopefully, the effort and work we’re trying to do right here will pay off in a few weeks and months for having our fans to be able to see real football.”
Over the past few days, the coverage of the NFL Draft was something that all sports fans could look forward to. While the coronavirus continues to be prevalent, the entire NFL stepped up and tried to give everyone a sense of normalcy. Jones spoke about the efforts of the league during his radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan.
“At a time when people are hurting, at a time when people are wondering, at a time where people don’t have the answers – no one does – I think the NFL and sports stepped up and created a respite,” Jones said. “We created a diversion. We created, if you will, some type of business-as-usual approach.”
Since early March, other major sports leagues have felt the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, having to postpone or cancel their seasons. On the other hand, the NFL hopes that they can begin their season as scheduled on September 10.
One idea that has been thrown around is that NFL games will be played with no fans or limited crowds. Regardless of how they plan on doing it, Jones is adamant that NFL games are going to be played in 2020.