It’s been quite a week in the sports world. The NBA suspended their season for at least 30 days. March Madness is canceled. The NHL did the same thing. Shoot, Disneyland closed down. We’ve seen schools around the country close for the immediate future due to the coronavirus pandemic. For us sports junkies, this is the first time I can remember in my lifetime where there will be no live sports on television for at least a month. It’s still all surreal. Most of the teams around the NFL have sent employees home and called scouts that are on the road to come home. The San Francisco 49ers shut down Levi’s Stadium and canceled “Monster Jam” and all upcoming events in the near future.
On Friday, the league sent out a memo telling all teams that they will not allow in-person pre-Draft visits, and Pro Days are off the table:
“After considering recent medical and public safety information related to COVID-19, we have decided to prohibit in-person pre-Draft visits involving draft-eligible players effective at the end of this business day, until further notice,”
If the San Francisco 49ers want to meet with a prospect, it will have to be through phone or video conferencing. The NFL Draft itself is April 23rd-25th in Las Vegas. Given Nevada just declared a state of emergency and presumably will join a host of other states in prohibiting large gatherings of people, it’s more than reasonable to assume that this will either be postponed, rescheduled, or have some sort of online draft. Back in the day, the NFL didn’t have live audiences during the draft. It’d be strange for us to watch, but it wouldn’t be new for the league.