2020 was a tough year due to the pandemic. Businesses across the world closed their doors or shut down forever. It was a similar situation for sports around the world. It was no different for the NFL but we think they deserve a lot of credit for finishing the season.
NFL and the Pandemic
We have seen many sports leagues and games that were postponed or canceled around the world due to COVID-19. Many times it was due to government regulation. There were many instances where franchise leagues decided it was not worth the risk to complete a season. Others often considered that the backlash of continuing sports will be met with stark criticism from fans and institutions.
The NFL was lucky that during its off-season, most of the world, including the USA was shutdown. However, beyond this luck, they were still able to pull off a great season despite many challenges. Leagues such as Major League Baseball, the NBA, NHL, MLS, and WNBA had to make tougher decisions which included rescheduling and cancellations. The NFL took a more proactive stance from the get-go by taking large precautions and canceling tickets for games instead of canceling the games altogether.
Routine of Precautions
The NFL created a large list of precautions that have to be adhered to by every player. To some, they might seem extreme but indeed on the safer side. Players have to be tested every day except for the day they play a football game. A full report of each play has to be submitted before every game they play. If a player tests positive for Covid-19 all their games are canceled until every player returns negative tests again. That could take a few weeks so it’s for a good reason they have tests during every practice session. The train of thought here is that if you can contain a virus to one or two members of a football team, that team could be playing games again in around two weeks rather than months. It could be worse, too. Imagine testing was done only every couple of days. That would allow viruses to spread further and easily to many teams in the league. That would effectively shut down the league for months or force the NFL to cancel an entire season.
Football players and management have to wear masks on the sideline. Even though most games are in open roof stadiums with a lot of space, it does not make for good measure when you cannot always social distance. That makes the masks a good extra precaution.
Reason for Applause
The many millions of people that watch American football can be grateful that the season went on even if there were in empty stadiums. The alternative could have been a lot worse. Fantasy Football players can continue their leagues thanks to the proactive decisions by the NFL. If they did not do as they did, you would probably have to keep entertained by looking at betting sites not connected.