NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is “prepared” to play fewer games this season due to the coronavirus and said decisions will be based off of “medical decisions” not “competitive” ones.
“We’re prepared if we have to do that,” Goodell shared with NBC Sports‘ “Football In America” in piece published Monday. (RELATED: Broncos Head Coach Vic Fangio Says He Doesn’t ‘See Racism At All In The NFL’)
“We’ve obviously gone through work on that basis with teams,” he added. “There will be potential competitive inequities that will be required this season because of the virus and because of the circumstances that we wouldn’t do in other years.” (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
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Goodell continued, “That’s going to be a reality of 2020. If we feel like we have an outbreak, that’s going to be driven by medical decisions—not competitive decisions.”
When pressed further by the host, the head of the NFL said that he’s “confident” the season will happen with the start just days away.
“I am,” the head of the league shared. “But I will tell you this: We’re never going to get comfortable. If confident means we’re comfortable, then that’s not where we are . . . We all have to do our part here to be successful in completing our season. I think we have a plan that will get us there.”