The NFL still plans to reveal its 2020 schedule for May 9, based on a full season, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Adjustments to the calendar would be made, if necessary, the sources said.
Contingency plans remain under discussion by the league, according to sources.RELATED
In a FaceTime call last week with Kairos founder and CEO Ankur Jain, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league plans to play next season.
“The NFL plans to play,” Goodell said on the call. “It is our hope and it is our plans to date.”
Goodell said in the call that the NFL can help the United States “heal” from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We can help bring communities together. We can bring hope. We can provide a distraction from everyday issues and show people that there is a future out there and that we will be part of it,” he said.
The facilities of all the teams have been closed by the pandemic, but the league went ahead with free agency and will host the NFL draft virtually next week, with franchise staff working from home.
Additionally, the NFL and the union reached an agreement this week on the details of a virtual campaign recess program for teams and players. Clubs with new coaches can start contacting players starting Monday, while the rest of the clubs can do so starting April 27. The low season program is kept voluntary for players.