Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, essentially the whole world is currently on lockdown, meaning all of the major sports leagues in season have either been cancelled or postponed.
The NFL, of course, is in its offseason so hasn’t been as affected as other sports. They have proceeded with free agency at the normal time, and although this month’s draft will not take place in person, it will still be done virtually.
There is no telling when the United States will get the pandemic under control to the point where normal life can resume, but there seems to be optimism from the parties involved.
According to Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, President Donald Trump got on a conference call with all sports’ major commissioners and said he believes the NFL season will start on time:
In a conference call with major league sports commissioners on Saturday, President Donald Trump said he believes the NFL season should start on time in September, sources familiar with the call told ESPN.
Trump also said he hopes to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by August and September, sources said, though it is currently unclear if medical experts find that to be a realistic timeline amid the current coronavirus pandemic.
While August and September are obviously still a long way off, this is some much-needed positives news for the entire country during this time.
Regardless though, it is important for people to continue practicing social distancing so the country can flatten the curve as quickly as possible. Until that happens, talking about playing sports doesn’t make any sense.