The NFL may well be tempted to delay the start of its regular calendar in order to avoid substantial losses of several million dollars per team?
According to the magazine “Sports Illustrated”, the two teams have discussed the idea of pushing back to November the first matches of the campaign in the hope of seeing them happen in front of the supporters. Of course, the option of a season will be kicking off as usual in September appears plausible. However, if the restrictive measures – including the one forbidding gatherings – are still in force, it will be impossible to allow the public to attend the parties, which would mean a huge loss of revenue for the league and its organizations.
“The two clubs have told me that they estimate at $ 100 million per team, on average, the loss of local revenues related to a season played without spectators in the stands, reported the chronicler Albert Breer. So, if we request to their preference between a beginning of the season the 1st of September without followers and a leader in November with fans on-site, one of the managers in the formation of the national Association is clear : “I do not think that there is a place to ask the question”. If there is a possibility to play a complete campaign in front of the fans, I don’t see how it could go in a different direction. The economic impact is too important.”
This week, the circuit Goodell must, in principle, reveal its calendar 2020. It would on 10 September, while the Super Bowl is scheduled for February 7, 2021 in Tampa.