NCAA programs have been making swift moves in pushing back football. Could the Saints and the NFL be the next major organization to do something similar?
The National Football League, a league the New Orleans Saints have been apart of since being organized 1967, will have difficult decisions to make. However, they don’t necessarily have to make them in the near future.
Those decisions will be based around the novel coronavirus and how they’ll proceed if cases continue to spike around the nation. Many states are now issuing mask mandates to attempt to slow the spread.
Hopefully, that works, but if the virus continues to run rampant, the league may have to make drastic decisions. Those decisions could include pushing back the season or even canceling it altogether.
The latter seems a bit more out there as huge amounts of revenue would be at stake if the league didn’t do anything for consumers. However, the former is something the league should certainly consider if the situation worsens.
The NCAA has been leading the way in pushing back fall seasons. The Ivy League has announced that they’ll be at least pushing back their fall sports. Many are doubting they happen as the logistics to make all sports in the spring work just isn’t feasible.
The Ivy League’s fall sports are not the most profitable. But, the Big Ten made a decision to cut their non-conference schedule, potentially doing away with millions in revenue. That’s a major move from a major collegiate conference.
While that has no bearing on what the NFL may do, it could be a tell-tale sign of what’s to come for one of America’s premier sport’s leagues.
That said, for the New Orleans Saints’ sake and for the sake of all those needing an outlet for entertainment, let’s hope at the very most we see it pushed into the spring and no cancellation put into play.