The NFL (National Football League) could reduce the preseason from four games to two this year.
This year NFL preseason will be reduced from four games once the new collective bargaining agreement is concluded, but the Association of Players and league are in talks to shorten the NFL preseason matches a year earlier, for the upcoming 2020 preseason. From the NFL network's Tom Pelissero, several team executives have been told that they could play two preseason games instead of the four set for this year.
The shorter NFL preseason will allow for a longer "acceleration" period for the teams, even if the players show up for their training camps a week or two before the usual date. With an additional two weeks to develop game day protocols and testing amid the coronavirus, the league will benefit from a reduced preseason.
CBS Sports' Jonathan Jones reported earlier this week that the Hall of Fame Game was still scheduled for August 6 in the presence of fans. 20,000 tickets were sold for the game. Of course, if the league is shortened in the preseason, they might push the match Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony back a few weeks.
The NFL preseason will be shortened in 2021 as a result of the league adding the seventeenth match to the regular season. Teams will play three games in the preseason instead of four, and the fourth week will be a bye. The league could catch a glimpse of a shorter NFL preseason in 2020 if both sides agree to cut games.
The league created new training camp protocols as soon as players return to team facilities in mid-July. The National Football League is not planning to start its regular season on time, but whether fans attend the second weekend in September is still in the air.
Fans will discover whether the NFL preseason is a success, whether shortened or not.
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