In the midst of the COVID-19 fears, the NFL has canceled all five scheduled international games ahead of the 2020-2021 season.
With the NFL releasing the full 17-game regular-season schedule this week, it was previously announced that four games would be played in London and one in Mexico City. The Jacksonville Jaguars were set to host two of the games in London at Wembley Stadium. The other two London games would be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Mexico City game was scheduled to be played at Estadio Azteca.
As the fears about COVID-19 continue to ensue, international traveling for teams is impossible.
The league is set to tell teams about the change in schedule early this week.
The NFL season is in jeopardy of starting, especially if teams are unable to compete in training camps and practices. The Miami Dolphins have devised a stadium plan that would allow fans to be at the games and simultaneously adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
Hard Rock Stadium, the Dolphins home-site, can seat 65,000 plans, but with the social distancing adjustments, can fit roughly 15,000 fans. Even if teams are properly able to provide adequate service to fans at games, the publics fears about COVID-19 may keep them at home to watch safely from the couch.
AS originally scheduled, the NFL plans to start the season Sept. 10 and have the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 in Tampa, Florida (will Tom Brady host a Super Bowl?). The NFL discussed waiting until October to start playing games and will adjust as needed to the NFL schedule because of COVID-19.
Just a side note: the NFL Draft was the most viewed draft in NFL history and raised more than $100 million for COVID-19 relief.