The 2020 NFL Draft will go on as planned – at least as of now.
In fact, the NFL is already taking steps to do everything they can to make sure that the draft will go off without a hitch due to the coronavirus outbreak.
NFL Draft 2020
With the coronavirus pandemic hitting everyone hard in one fashion or another, the world is running on a different schedule.
From music and entertainment to sports and just our everyday living, it seems no matter what you have planned for the next few days it is all subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As for the NFL, the upcoming draft scheduled in Las Vegas in April will move forward, however, it will have a twist in terms of the usual fan participation.
NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero tweeted on Monday morning that the NFL will hold and televise the draft April 23-25 as scheduled, but public draft events in Las Vegas have been canceled, in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NFL plans to hold and televise the draft April 23-25 as scheduled, but public draft events in Las Vegas have been canceled, in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 16, 2020
This is just another blow for sports fans who enjoy what is always an exciting moment. Not to mention it will be another big hit to the economy as fans love to gather for the three-day event and pour out money while doing so.
However, right now with the COVID-19 outbreak, it is the prudent move by the league.
Fan safety first
While the NFL Draft is always a fun event, unlike any other pro sports draft, the fan interaction is incredible.
It will be odd not seeing fans dressed up in NFL uniforms or have their faces painted. The cheers and jeers will be not a part of the 2020 NFL Draft, but that is for the best.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that while this is a major disappointment, it is the best decision for the safety of the American people – and that is what matters most.
“This decision reflects our foremost priority — the health and safety of all fans and citizens. While this outcome is disappointing both to the NFL and to the Las Vegas community, we look forward to partnering with the Raiders, the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for a future NFL Draft as well as evaluating opportunities for other major NFL events in Las Vegas in the future, including the Super Bowl.”
The NFL Draft was to be the breakout event for Las Vegas as a football city and to display the first nationwide welcoming of the Raiders.
It’s a disappointment for NFL fans, that’s for sure, but hopefully, we will have many more answers and information about this virus that has caused such a ruckus across the globe well before the 2020 NFL Draft.