There had been some thought that the NFL would be in better shape than other leagues because it had more time to wait out the coronavirus pandemic before playing games.
However, with the virus not only still present, but once again spiking in the United States, the reality that the NFL season will in fact be impacted is beginning to set in.
Half of all preseason games have already been canceled and teams are bracing for the likelihood of having no fans or a reduced number of fans at games, with the Ravens and Chiefs already announcing plans for reduced capacity.
As we’ve seen in other sports, most notably baseball, with this new reality comes an economic showdown between owners and players about how to handle the loss of revenue.
And as we saw with baseball, that showdown is already spilling into public view. On Tuesday, NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reported that the NFL Players Association informed its board of representatives that the league was proposing that 35% of player salaries be held in escrow to help manage costs during the 2020 season.