ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that on a conference call Saturday afternoon, the President of the United States Donald Trump said he believes the NFL season should start on time in September. Trump also told commissioners for all major sports that he hopes to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by August and September. However, it’s currently unclear if medical experts find that to be a realistic timeline amid the current coronavirus pandemic.
There are so many unknowns surrounding this pandemic that it’s impossible to put a timeline on this. We found out the hard way that the powers that be didn’t understand exponential growth, and here we are still using deadlines. We all want football back. It feels a tad irresponsible at this point to put an end date to the current crisis that’s going on. I do understand that an update is necessary, and giving people an idea of what’s going on is needed. We can do without timelines, though.
Schefter also reported that high-level officials from multiple NFL teams are preparing to do the draft virtually, from home, away from their team facilities, as they await the final decision from the NFL. Who is going to be the team that runs out of time when their internet connection times out or they click out of their Zoom window?
On his daily press briefing just now @GavinNewsom tells me flatly re #NFL starting season on time w/fans in stands in the CA stadiums: "I’m not anticipating that happening in this state." @AdamSchefter https://t.co/ejqC423Vtk— Ronald Brownstein (@RonBrownstein) April 4, 2020