Report: The fate of international games on the 2020 schedule, revealed
The NFL is planning to release its preseason and regular-season schedule at some point this week, though some don’t “think any international games (are) coming this year,” according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The league had previously lined up the Jacksonville Jaguars to host two games in London and the Arizona Cardinals to host another in Mexico City. The NFL also had the Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons slotted to host games in a location yet to be determined, per ESPN’s Field Yates.
Whatever preseason schedule the league releases will be considered tentative and fluid, capable of changing according to the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as whatever regulations each individual state puts in place prior to the event.
International events are surely not a go this year, considering travel restrictions in other countries due to the coronavirus pandemic. Even without them, international travel is just far too risky for a league hoping to have a 2020 season.
In order for the NFL to have a regular season, it would have to strictly adhere to social distancing rules as well as comply with the norms of each state, making that an uncertain proposition, even if it’s months down the line.
Having fans in the stands is far too risky a move for the NFL to take, so any plans the league makes moving forward would have to include only players and essential staff present for games.