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NFL should scrap it's current season

We still aren’t sure what’s in store for the 2020 NFL season but it does seem rather optimistic (and possibly borderline naive) to assume they’ll be able to a complete a full 16-game slate this year. Like MLB, the NFL is electing to operate outside of a bubble this season, and we already know how that’s been working out for baseball in the early going (Spoiler: Not great!)
So, the NFL will have to run a much tighter ship and have much better luck if they do hope to pull off a full season. They have some contingencies built into their original schedule that would help them navigate any early postponements or cancellations, but there’s not a lot built into that schedule that protects the NFL after Week 4.

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As such, our John Breech has proposed a fix with his own revamped schedule that might help better position the NFL to play through the pandemic, even if there’s a second wave in the fall.
  • Regular season: Breech proposes making the regular season 12 games long and completely removing all AFC-NFC matchups. Under Breech’s plan, Weeks 1-7 would consist entirely of divisional matchups (perhaps inside divisional bubbles) After that, every team’s remaining six games would be against other teams in the conference. All first and second place teams from 2019 will play all other first and second place teams in their conference while all third and fourth place teams will play all the other third and fourth place teams (Those games could also be held in bubbles)
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  • Postseason: Ok, buckle up because Breech is suggesting that 24 teams qualify for the playoffs in his proposal. The NHL opened up their postseason to 24 teams this season and Breech agrees with the idea because it rewards more teams that didn’t have a chance to fully prove themselves in a shortened season.
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  • NFL Draft Tournament: Yeah, you heard that right. Breech wants the eight teams that don’t qualify for the playoffs to play in a mini tournament where the winner gets the No. 1 pick in the draft. The tournament would likely get good ratings and help the league make up for loss of revenue after cutting regular season games
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So, this plan is pretty wild and radical…but isn’t pretty much everything else happening this year? Do you like it? Hate it? Feel free to let me (and Breech) know.
For what it’s worth, I proposed a similar end-of-season tournament idea for the NHL this year and people said it was silly. The NHL went with its own unique idea and now the No. 1 pick is going to be awarded to a hockey team that made the playoffs. So maybe a draft tourney isn’t as silly as you’d think.

The 2020 NFL season is still scheduled to be played in home markets across the country, but one of the nation’s foremost experts on the coronavirus isn’t so sure.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, arguably the most visible figure in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, spoke with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta about what the fall sports schedule may look like, and it’s not good:

“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. “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.”

Fauci’s quotes are just the latest reminder that we’re still very much in the middle of a historically devastating pandemic, fighting a virus without a vaccine. With most epidemiologists in agreement about the certainty of a second wave this fall, it’s feasible that the NFL might not be able to play in every home market. Teams like the Texans and Cowboys have already seen players infected, and with rising infection rates in several other states, they won’t be the only ones.

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