Should college football not start their season on time, the National Football League is considering doing something they normally don’t do until the postseason: Saturday NFL football.
As the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reports:
With the NFL expected to release its schedule soon, its officials have discussed giving the league some flexibility to move games to Saturdays this fall if college football postpones its entire season, according to sources.
The NFL has had preliminary discussions with its broadcast partners about the idea. An NFL spokesman declined comment.
While the majority of the week’s schedule would remain on Sundays, along with the primetime Monday and Thursday slates, some stand-alone games could be reset for Saturdays.
The NFL, Marchand hastens to add, would only consider a move to Saturdays if college football were to be delayed due to the coronavirus.
However, on Thursday it was learned that Texas A&M and Texas Tech had joined several other schools in making it clear that they would hold fall classes and, planned to play football.
So, given that, it’s unlikely that the league will have an opportunity to move onto new real estate. Though, there’s a lot of time between now and September. Should predictions of a second wave of the virus in the fall come to fruition, there’s a strong possibility that college campuses will shut down resulting in the NCAA shutting down athletic departments.
Still, with the NFL looking at the possibility of expansion in the absence of college football, it appears increasingly likely that we’re going to get NFL football this fall even if there is no college football, and even if there are no fans in the stands.
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