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Roger Goodell: ‘The NFL is planning to play”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continues to plan for 2020 NFL season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looks on before Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Tuesday that the league is still “planning to play.” He did a quick interview with Ankur Jain, the founder and CEO of Kairos, reiterating that the league continues to move forward with the season and that, “we can help bring our communities together. We can provide hope. We can provide a distraction from the everyday issues and show people that there is a future out there and that we’re all going to be part of that.”

Goodell didn’t completely have his NFL blinders on though, saying, “we have to put the general public safety first but also the safety of all those [stadium] workers. The hope here is that the steps that our leaders are taking are going to help end this pandemic as soon as possible.”

As usual, the coronavirus will dictate when the NFL can get back into business full-time, but so will expanded and quicker testing. We are still very much in a holding pattern for when NFL operations get back up and running and there are no strong signs it will happen soon.