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TV networks, college football conferences agree to postpone decision on early season game times

The status of the 2020 college football season is unclear. Now, TV networks and conferences are looking to buy some time to figure out broadcasting schedules.

A general view of the Aviva Stadium during the game. NCAA Emerald Isle Classic, Notre Dame v Navy, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Photo by Sportsfile/Corbis/Sportsfile via Getty Images

It remains unclear if the 2020 college football season will start on time, and the television networks are postponing any decisions due in the coming week. June 1st has been a regular deadline for determining game times for the early season schedule. However, the various conferences and their television partners at CBS Sports, ESPN, and FOX Sports released a statement in which they have collectively agreed to extend the timeline for those decisions.

Conferences are allowing players to come back for so-called voluntary workouts beginning in June, but the fall football schedule remains uncertain. This year’s Week 0 schedule includes Navy vs. Notre Dame in Dublin, Ireland, Marshall at East Carolina, Cal at UNLV, and New Mexico State at UCLA, among others.

The Dublin matchup seems a decent bet to be relocated back to the United States, and that’s even assuming it is able to happen on the scheduled August 29th date. Conferences are allowing schools to bring players back in June, but the decision to start playing games is complicated by revenue. Teams make considerable sums from having fans at games, unlike the NFL with its mammoth national television deal. Some schools can get by with no fans, but many can’t, and that will factor in if stadiums are not allowed to have fans.