Amid growing uncertainty for the 2020 college football season, the NFL could look to fill the void for sports fans craving football on Saturdays this fall.
Former NCAA executive and college football player Mark Lewis said playing two full seasons or even close to that should be a nonstarter.
The college football season is certainly in doubt. "At this point in time, we'll see". But in this case, the National Football League would probably look to not only do Saturday games sooner, but potentially throughout the season.
Several Division I colleges and athletic conferences have canceled fall sports even before the Big Ten made a decision to postpone their fall season. But the other three of the sport's elite Power Five conferences - the Southeastern Conference, the ACC and the Big 12 - have expressed that they continue to plan to play in the fall, if possible. When the National Football League expanded the playoff field for the 2020 season, it sold the broadcasting rights to CBS and NBC.
"The reality of the NFL's franchises - their various franchises whether its [NBC's] Sunday Night Football, [ESPN's] Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football, or the Sunday day games, it's the Sunday day games that have the most challenging requirements because they are doing regional matchups", he said. An "understanding" with the DOJ might suffice, that person said.
Heading into a 2020 NFL season where the league could lose billions of dollars in revenue, a canceled college football season might be the opportunity the NFL needs.
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The league might look at a scenario where games are played in timeslots on Saturday, while some other games would be played on Sunday, like normal.
The league's official position, for now, is this, as explained via an email sent to PFT by league spokesman Brian McCarthy: "We have longstanding partnerships with college football and have been closely monitoring developments". "As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall".
The NFL scouting combine is in late February and the draft is in late April.
The NFL informed teams in early July that it was canceling this year's supplemental draft.
Two seasons within one year have a detrimental effect on the athletes who aren't five-star prospects.