NEW YORK – The NFL arranged for its owners meeting, scheduled for the middle of that month, to be held by videoconferencing among participants, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Originally, the meetings were to be held in Marina del Rey, California on March 19 and 30. Previously, the league had canceled its annual meeting scheduled for March in Florida, where the owners would have voted on potential rule changes.
After that change, those votes were to be cast during the meeting in California. Now, they could demonstrate during the video conference.RELATED
Among the rules to be discussed is one that will define whether the pass interference is still an infraction that can be reviewed on video. That rule was adopted for a year and has drawn countless criticism from coaches and players.
The league reported in a statement that, based on the latest information, it believes that the adoption of a virtual meeting helps “in the interests of all.”
The NFL continues to plan for the preseason and the regular season as scheduled. The regular season schedule would be presented in the next 10 days.
But Troy Vincent, who oversees the league’s sports operations, told The Associated Press Thursday that all sorts of contingencies are considered.
This could include a delay in the start of the campaign, scheduled for September 10, games in empty stadiums or a Super Bowl postponed from its original date of February 7.