Dr. Anthony Fauci believes the 2020 NFL season ultimately ‘may not happen’ if there is a ‘second wave’ of the coronavirus (COVID-19) heading into the fall.
According to CNN, Fauci explained his reasoning heading into Sep. 10.
“Unless players are essentially in a bubble — insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day — it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall,” Fauci said about the upcoming 101st season and pandemic. “If there is a second wave, which is certainly a possibility and which would be complicated by the predictable flu season, football may not happen this year.”
The NBA is trying to institute a plan similar to what Fauci is referring to by sending all of its playoff-eligible teams to Orlando, FL where they will be confined to a Disney World bubble consisting of only players and authorized personnel.
However, with the 2019-20 NBA season in progress and only 15 players limited to a roster, it is much easier to set that plan in motion than it would be for the NFL.
The 2020 season has yet to begin and with 53-man rosters, they would have to have 1,696 players in the bubble as well as each team’s important employees.
The fact that Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans players have already been diagnosed does not bode well for the league’s plan to start the season on time.
For the Los Angeles Rams specifically, there have been 18 positive cases at the SoFi Stadium construction site, their new home for the upcoming season.
This might slow down the development of the stadium and put its availability for their Aug. 14 preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints in jeopardy.
Los Angeles is also one of the cities that has been the most affected by COVID-19, with over 85,000 confirmed cases with more continuing to arise every day.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell must take extreme precautions in creating a detailed plan of action for the beginning of the new season and while the NBA can be used as a model, they must develop procedures unique to their league.
If Goodell and company are able to do so, then there will be hope for not only the Rams but for all 32 NFL teams to hit the ground running and on time in September.