Donald Trump believes NFL season will start on time
The NFL regular season has yet to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic and Donald Trump thinks that the situation will be contained before September. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Trump believes the NFL season will start on time.
In conference call with major league sports commissioners on Saturday, President Donald Trump said he believes the NFL season should start on time in September, sources familiar with the call told @wojespn and me. More on call coming at https://t.co/rDZaVFhcDQ.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2020
On Saturday morning, Trump met with the major-sports league’s commissioners. In the call with the commissioners, Trump applauded them for the charitable contributions that they’ve made. Also, he highlighted that the NFL season should be able to get underway on time.
For the time being, the first day of the 2020 season is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 10. At the same time, the first preseason game is supposed to kick off on August 6. While those are months away, the NFL has to come up with contingency plans in case those dates don’t happen.
Due to the coronavirus, the NFL has already postponed their annual owner meetings and prohibited teams from using their facilities. However, the league is fixated on conducting the 2020 NFL Draft from April 23-25. With that being said, the NFL had to make a few changes to the draft to assure the safety of their fans.
The NFL is already losing money amid the coronavirus outbreak due to having to cancel or postpone events. Considering that multiple teams have new stadiums — new sources of revenue — the last thing Roger Goodell wants is to push back the start of the season.
Unlike the other major sports leagues, the NFL hasn’t had to make any alterations to their regular season up to this point. Despite what Trump said, unless there’s some positive news regarding the coronavirus soon, that could be subject to change.