• Skye Franklin

How covid created chaos in NFL scheduling

The empty stadium of the NFL games

Due to the National Football Leauges restrictions due to COVID-19, each team is making drastic changes to their daily life styles, schedules and home lives. For the third time in six days, the NFL has postponed the game originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers amid the Ravens' COVID-19 outbreak. In what would have been one of the highest viewed games of the year, it perfectly sums up this season, in which the NFL has, like many other professional sports leagues, gone with the punches and accepted that they will not make as much money as they have in the past.

According to a study from Sports Business Intelligence Firm Team Marketing Report $2.7 billion at the very least due to lost revenue from ticket sales and postponements such as this.

Not only does the change of schedule affect this week’s matchups between the Ravens and the Steelers, it also pushes back future games due to the brutality of the sport and its requirements for at least five days for recovery. Delays began to clog the game schedule. The undefeated Steelers' Week 13 game against the Washington Football Team also was moved to Monday, Dec. 7. The Ravens' home contest against the Dallas Cowboys, originally scheduled for this Thursday, was pushed from Monday, Dec. 7, to Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Prior to that initial postponement between the rivals, the NFL had not moved a game since Week 5.Since Baltimore's Week 11 game against the Tennessee Titans, the team has placed 21 players on the COVID-19 reserve list, which is designated for those who either test positive or are designated as high-risk close contacts with those who have received positive tests.

The Ravens held a "safely distanced walk-through/conditioning session" but did not enter the locker room or training room, the team said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, the Ravens activated four players from the COVID-19 reserve list but placed four more on it. The team has 19 players who still remain on the list and had at least one player test positive in each of the last nine days.

Every team to this point has had covid cases except the Seattle Seahawks.


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