The NFL is doing their best to keep their 2020 season on track. Today, Roger Goodell told teams training camps are still expected to begin on schedule, with most clubs reporting around July 28th. He also implied there remains hope for fans to attend regular season games.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on a conference call says the plan is start training camp on time and “get ready for games at our stadiums and to engage our fans both in stadiums and through our media partners.” Talks ongoing with NFLPA to decide the specifics.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 25, 2020
NFL EVP Jeff Pash said teams have been advised that training camps are expected to open "on the normal schedule."
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 25, 2020
Pittsburgh will be one team to see its training camp schedule slightly altered. With the league announcing the cancellation of the Hall of Fame Game, the Steelers and Cowboys don’t need to begin their camp before the rest of the NFL. They are likely to open up at Heinz Field on July 28th.
Goodell said owners and the union are still discussing if the rest of the preseason will occur as schedule. With rising COVID cases in several stats, it seems more likely than not there will at least be a reduction in those games, if not a total cancellation.
While the league is closing off the first 6-8 rows in all stadiums for the regular season, already confirming stadiums won’t be completely full, they remain optimistic about having some people in the crowd. That could vary from state to state depending on their current level of cases and health/safety regulations from state and local officials. Pittsburgh has done well to keep their case totals down in recent weeks.
Of course, all of this is still subject to change. What the world looks like a week from now seems impossible to predict, much less a month when teams will be slated to report.