Steve Ross claims NFL is ‘definitely’ playing this year, planning to have fans in stadiums
Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross claims the NFL is definitely playing this year, with the plan being for fans to be in attendance. Ross knows with everything going on the NFL is looking very closely about the fans, but even if there are no fans, he is confident the NFL season is going to happen.
“I think definitely will be a football season this year,” the Dolphins owner said on CNBC via Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel. “The real question is will there be fans in the stadium. Right now, today, we’re planning to have fans in the stadium. But I think the NFL is looking at, and is very flexible, so that we will be able to start on time and bring that entertainment that is so needed for all of us in this country.”
For owners, they will probably push to have fans in the stadium because of how much money is at stake.
According to Mike Ozanian of Forbes, the NFL could lose $5.5 billion of stadium revenue if there are no fans in attendance for the entire season. There is still a lot of money to be made from TV deals, but that’s a ton of money with no fans in attendance. If they believe a few months down the road fans would be allowed in the stadium would the NFL push back their season to winter or even spring of next season to allow fans in the stands? At this point it seems all options are still on the table.