The coronavirus continues to affect various leagues in the world and the NFL is no exception. For this reason, the most important league of American football in the world designed a emergency plan for the postseason, in case COVID-19 prevents the end of the regular campaign. Through a conference, the commissioner Roger goodell released details about ‘plan B’ that all owners agreed to.
What is ‘plan B’ like?
The scenario is as follows: this season the playoffs to 16 franchises (14 planned), in case more games are lost due to the coronavirus pandemic. From expanding to 16, there will be no realignment in the seeding of the teams heading to the playoffs. All the owners agreed on the decision, so the vote was unanimous regarding the future of the campaign.
Determined to comply with the agreement
Although they have already designed their ‘plan B’, the NFL hopes not to resort to this measure. In fact, the commissioner Roger goodell promised that all teams are cautious about the issue of coronavirus to be able to conclude the season without setbacks. “We are committed to completing the season as scheduled,” Goodell told reporters.
Cases on the rise in the NFL
As in United States, cases by coronavirus they continue to rise in the NFL. In the period from November 1 to 7, the league reported 56 new positives (15 in players and 41 in staff members). This figure was higher than any other period in the campaign. Derived from the situation, the NFL studied the various scenarios and it was thus that Roger goodell confirmed ‘plan B’.
Steelers, the last affected
This Tuesday, Steelers Pittsburgh confirmed that the quarterback Ben roethlisberger, along with three other players in the franchise, entered the reserve list for coronavirus. Although it was not confirmed that all four are infected, the NFL and all franchises agreed to isolate the suspects for five days, in addition to carrying out constant tests and the famous contact tracing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.