The NFL is moving full-steam ahead with its offseason, publicly operating under the belief the 2020 regular season will start on time this fall, in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, at least one team is publicly acknowledging the need for contingency plans. The Denver Broncos sent a letter to season-ticket holders announcing that, “if a game is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled or is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attention, Season Ticket Members will receive a refund or account credit.” Additionally, the team is postponing its annual “Seat Improvement Process” until they can better assist fans in the process.
This is not a strong indicator the season will be delayed or canceled, but it is the first indication that teams are considering the potential. Teams have been providing extensions for fans to make payments on season tickets, but this takes things a step further in the planning process.
The NFL is holding its annual draft as planned April 23-25, but has already delayed the start of offseason workout programs. The league has not indicated training camp or the regular season will be delayed, but it has to be on their radar as plans are made for the fall season. The league told media the schedule will be released no later than May 9th, but even that could end up pushed back depending on how the next month goes.
Broncos just sent letter to season-ticket holders:— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 2, 2020
*If any game is cancelled and not rescheduled or played in conditions where fans can’t attend, refunds or future credit will be given.
*Improved seating program postponed. #9sports pic.twitter.com/SC3YDTIdHw