The league is doing what it can to maintain the timeline of the 2020 NFL season amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Regardless, this has not prevented teams like the Green Bay Packers from taking their own precautions.
The Packers went ahead and sent their season-ticket holders masks featuring the team logo, via Packerville, U.S.A.:
We paid for both of our 2020 season ticket accounts on June 1st and received two envelopes from the Packers. Each contained two face masks with Packers logos (two per each Green and Gold package). Yet to be decided is just how a season would take place. pic.twitter.com/YOdJdka1WK
— Packerville, U.S.A. (@Packerville) June 9, 2020
There has been plenty of speculation regarding whether or not the NFL will be able to move ahead with the 2020 campaign as planned. Even if they are, the prospect of fans being allowed in the stadiums remains rather far-fetched at this point. Regardless, Green Bay opted to show a small token of their appreciation for fans that still paid a hefty price tag for tickets to games they may not be allowed to attend.
The league has been forced to take unprecedented action in order to prepare for the upcoming season. Commissioner Roger Goodell recently sent out a memo outlining the safety protocols teams will need to take before allowing players to return to their practice facilities. It is safe to say that the restrictions have clearly come with its own set of challenges when it comes to ensuring the health of players and staff.
The NFL has not given any indication that they plan to follow the NBA's route of finishing out the 2019-20 season in a bubble environment since this would effectively rule out the possibility of fans being able to attend the games. Although the small action taken by the Packers may have been an attempt to leave a sliver of hope that stands will be filled, it remains to be seen if it will come to fruition.