Sports In 2020
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What Will Be The New Regular For Sports In 2020?


If you could describe 2020 in one word, what would it be? 



What Will Be The New Regular For Sports In 2020?
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2020 has been an emotional rollercoaster. While our nation fights for equality, COVID-19 has come back from a short vacation and reached its peak. Many states have seen numbers surge. As the country moves into the second phase of this pandemic, many states have begun to reopen businesses slowly.

The new 2020 style trending worldwide is face masks, which are mandated in some states, including in our very own Nevada. Sit tight and buckle your seat belts because COVID-19 has risen to more than 2 million confirmed cases and has no intention of allowing us to opt-out of riding the rollercoaster.


As the world pushes for normalcy, a ton of uncertainty barricades our sight. The return of sports has been an essential topic for review. Sports fans around the nation are eager for anything but corn hole. The NBA has found a method to the madness by creating a quarantine bubble for the 22 teams returning this season. The NBA season is set to start on July 30th, giving fans the ideal entertainment for which they’ve been hoping. The sports calendar is moving reasonably quickly, opting for the return of MLB, MLS, tennis, golf, and several others.


The main concern permeating our thoughts is whether America’s Sport will start on time.


The NFL tackles the ongoing pandemic, searching for methods to keep players, staff, and family members healthy while pursuing the on-time start date of September 10th. Training camp, which is expected to start on time at the end of July, has raised an eyebrow for many because several players in the league have recently tested positive for COVID-19.

According to ESPN, “Around 10 NFL teams have reported positive coronavirus tests for at least one of their players.” There have been reports of positive tests from players from the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams, and  Pittsburgh Steelers.

A few teams have not been identified. 

The NFLPA has encouraged teams to not participate in private group workouts to limit exposure to the virus. According to NFLPA medical director Dr. Thom Mayer, “We are working on the best mitigation procedures at team facilities for both training camps and the upcoming season, and believe that it is in the best interest of all players that we advise against any voluntary joint practices before training camp commences.”


What Will Be The New Regular For Sports In 2020?
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Although health is the primary concern for the NFLPA, many players have turned a cold shoulder to that request. Tom Brady raised concerns for many when organizing a private workout with several teammates after the statement was released. 

In the meantime, players attempt to take advantage of this time by learning the playbook and creating relationships with the rookies and the new guys virtually. Many teams are working hard to prepare and get in shape for training camp during this offseason. 

The 90-man roster will be cut down significantly before week one. According to NFL Network colleague Tom Pelissero, “NFL and NFL Players Association were discussing the possibility of shortening the 2020 preseason. Cutting the preseason in half would allow for a longer ramp-up period, giving players time to prepare physically to participate in training camp and games coming off an unusual offseason that was restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”


This means that we will possibly see veterans playing in the two preseason games to warm up for the start of their season beginning in September. Some players will be fighting for their spots on the roster and will have to prove their worth at training camp. The NFL and NFLPA are working together to create safe protocols for training camp set to take place on July 28th. 

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-Nyshon Zaragoza – Franchise Sports Media


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