The 2020 NFL season is quite possibly the most uncertain season of its existence, and the New Orleans Saints season could be over before it begins.
Since the inaugural 1920 NFL season, there has never been a complete cancellation of a single season. It would cripple the Saints as they’re going to enter the new season as Super Bowl favorites.
There have been, however, canceled games due to temporary circumstances. The most notable of these periods was the 1982 and 1987 players’ strikes, which led to missed games and an expansion football league called the United States Football League.
We have also seen single day and game cancellation due to natural disasters like hurricanes, and the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City in 2001. This season, however, faces a brand new challenge no other season has seen before. A national pandemic.
As of July 31, 2020, the Unites States has reported over 4.6 million confirmed cases and 155 thousand deaths. These numbers have spiked in the later part of June after dropped much during the months of April and May of this year.
The effect of the virus has already compromised parts of the NBA and MLB seasons. The NBA canceled the last few weeks of regularly scheduled games to create a “restart” league, comprised of 22 playoff-contending teams to finish the season out.
The MLB completed an agreement with the players to reduce the number of regular-season games to 60. However, there have already been canceled games due to new cases from several teams, and the rest of the league could be in serious jeopardy.
So all of these details beg the question of “will there be a Saints season?” Here are three reasons why it may not happen.