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NFL schedule expected Thursday, will coronavirus keep fans at home?
NFL likely to announce schedule Thursday night: Report
FOX Business’ Charlie Gasparino discusses the upcoming NFL season and whether fans will be allowed in the sports arenas.
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The National Football League is expected to release its 2020 season schedule on Thursday night, yet another indication that the coronavirus pandemic will not stop football this year, FOX Business has learned.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently issued a statement saying there would be no games overseas — in either the U.K. or Mexico — but implied U.S. games would go on as expected with a schedule being announced shortly.
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Now, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter, the league is eying a Thursday evening release of its calendar. If the league goes through with its planned announcement it would serve as a marker that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell plans to have a 2020 football season despite the coronavirus pandemic that has forced state governments to enact quarantines to abate the virus’s spread, senior NFL executives tell FOX Business.
It could not be determined whether fans will be allowed into crowded stadiums if and when the football season begins.
One person with knowledge of the matter said the NFL will likely leave that decision up to local jurisdictions, where governors of various states will determine the level of social distancing necessary at stadiums.