The 2020 NFL season has been a bumpy ride to say the least.
Ratings have taken a hit after the league embraced Black Lives Matter’s “woke” activism.
But the remainder of the season could be in jeopardy after one big announcement.
The coronavirus has already wreaked havoc on the 2020 sports calendar.
Major sporting events have been postponed or canceled for the first time since World War II.
The NBA and MLB were able to wade through truncated seasons, but the NFL may not be able to make it to the finish line after one announcement from the league.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will be going into even harsher coronavirus lockdown procedures.
From The Athletic:
“[A]ll NFL teams will be placed into intensive COVID-19 protocols for the remainder of the season, according to a memo sent by commissioner Roger Goodell . . . The move comes amid rising COVID-19 numbers, both within the league – which has seen 108 new positive cases in the NFL between Nov. 1-14 – and nationwide.”
The NBA concluded its season in a bubble, and the MLB wrapped up before the cold and flu season.
The NFL is caught right in the middle of it.
The Athletic continued:
“This means all meetings must now be held virtually (or, if a team wishes to meet in person it must have a plan approved by the NFL in advance), masks are mandatory at all times within an NFL facility (including during practice), limiting the time allowed for players to spend in the locker room and a further reduction of capacity in the weight room.”
The NFL has almost zero flexibility because several games have already been postponed and the bye-week for the top seed has been eliminated.
According to the NFL’s top medical doctor, there hasn’t been a single instance of a player in any professional sport around the world transmitting the virus on the field of play, but that hasn’t eased any of the protocols.
The country – and the world more broadly – is currently in the throes of heightened hysteria about COVID-19.
Many countries in Europe are engaging in another round of lockdowns even though they didn’t work the first time and the World Health Organization said they’re only a measure of last resort.
With COVID restrictions and an abnormally high number of severe injuries to marquee players, the 2020 NFL season has become a war of attrition.