With increased fear about the NCAA and NFL football seasons being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, here are three questions the NY Giants need to be answered:
There is an increasing belief that the upcoming 2020 NCAA and NFL football seasons could be in serious jeopardy of being cancelled due to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is currently a great deal of uncertainty in regard to a number of facets of this pandemic, among them is what the duration should be for the implementation of social distancing. This could all obviously have a major impact on the future of the NY Giants.
It should be noted that ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that Major League Baseball recently announced that the league and its players had agreed that the 2020 Major League Baseball season would not begin until there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions, and when medical experts determine that the games will not pose a risk to the health of teams and fans.
While there are certainly differing opinions on how long it will be before all of those stipulations are met, it is becoming more apparent that these issues will not be resolved anytime soon as the nation is beginning to see an exponential increase in local municipalities issue stay in place orders in an effort to “flatten the curve” in regard to the spread of the pandemic.
Major League Baseball’s season was scheduled to begin a few days ago, thus making their season more likely to be cancelled than NCAA or NFL football, which have seasons that aren’t scheduled to begin for almost six months. However, there remains a growing concern that the collegiate and professional football seasons may also be in jeopardy.
On Friday, ESPN football analyst Kirk Herbstreit stated, “I’ll be shocked if we have NFL football this fall if we have college football. I’ll be surprised if that happens.” Herbstreit has strong internal ties to both the NCAA and NFL, so his prediction is a sobering one for the hopes of a 2020 season of college and professional football.
The cancellation of both seasons would pose a number of questions that would need to be addressed so that teams around the National Football League could move forward with planning the futures of their franchise.
Owners should be demanding that a detailed explanation about how the league would handle situations moving forward if the season were to be cancelled. They should be demanding that ahead of next month’s NFL Draft due to the potential ramifications it could have on teams in the future.
With that in mind, here are the three main questions the NY Giants should demand answers to prior to the upcoming NFL Draft.