The National Football League continues to display positivity for the upcoming season, as teams would be needing to find ways on certain logistics issues related to COVID-19 before the start of training camp.
One of the main concerns here is the allowed number of football fans to attend the games, in which the numbers may vary from state to state, as some would barring crowds altogether and others given more access.
Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic reported that the league has come to a conclusion allow clubs in setting their own capacity limits upon their respective stadiums, since some of the states will enforce health and safety measures such as social distancing and face coverings differently than others, while league isn’t assured of having a uniform rule that would satisfy all of its teams.
This would turn out that entire regions of the country such as the West Coast could realistically host games with empty stadiums while contests in a state like Florida with fewer restrictions could reach closer to full capacity.
In line with this, is about revenue, as the primary motivation for the flexible policy. The players union recently forecasted an estimate of $3 billion as lost revenue should the league play the 2020 season without any football fans.
Accordingly, allowing for areas where crowds can assemble to move forward would ease up the losses as much as possible.
The risk in applying this policy remains, as more people accessing stadiums, players and team employees face a greater likelihood of exposure regardless of any other health and safety measures implemented.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has already acknowledged that positive tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, will occur. How well the teams and players manage those positive tests remains to be seen.
NFL teams are also expected to sell sign space to local sponsors and advertisers, with TV-viewable rows of seats blocked off to limit the number of fans in stadiums, according to the Sports Business Journal.
“The first six to eight rows of seating in every stadium — including on-field suites — will be off limits to fans this season. That move is officially to protect players, coaches and team staff from coronavirus exposure, but it would also free up that space to become lucrative sponsorship assets.”