While the remainder of the American skilled sports activities world got here to a screeching halt in mid-March, the NFL principally continued apace in its traditional course of enterprise. That distinction in respective programs of motion made sense on the time, on condition that many leagues had been within the midst of their precise seasons and the NFL was simply on the point of begin its traditional offseason program.
As the coronavirus pandemic has stored different sports activities on the sideline, the NFL has joined these leagues in altering issues only a bit. Rookie minicamps had been canceled. OTAs had been all held just about. Training camp could also be postponed and the preseason.
But the NFL does not appear focused on altering way more than that. League representatives have insisted all offseason that the 2020 season will occur, and up to date experiences have indicated that the league may have followers within the stadiums, which themselves are a reasonably clear indication that followers should not be there in any respect.
That reluctance to alter an excessive amount of apparently extends to the 2021 NFL Draft. According to a report from USA Today’s Dan Wolken, the NFL not too long ago declined when requested by the NCAA if it could contemplate pushing again the 2021 draft within the occasion that the faculty soccer season needed to be postponed till the spring.
Pushing the draft again to accommodate the school season would make logical sense, however the NFL has lengthy been strident in its beliefs and actions. Not transferring the draft again within the occasion of a spring faculty season won’t be what’s finest for the potential draftees and even for the groups (as a result of they’d presumably need extra time to scout gamers who’re nonetheless enjoying in March and April), however apparently, the league itself is just not focused on pursuing that possibility ought to spring faculty soccer be within the playing cards.