With the NFL’s planned release of the league’s full schedule this Thursday night, one would have to imagine we would have heard if there were going to be any changes to the schedules dates.
And while the NFL seems to be ready to play every game, they also seem to have another plan—Plan B.
That plan would be the in the form of a memo sent by the league yesterday to all teams regarding the ticket refund policy that will apply to games that are canceled or played without fans present, and that will apply to all teams.
“[A]ll clubs will have in place a policy under which, if a game is cancelled, or is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending, anyone purchasing a ticket directly from the club (i.e., season tickets, group sales and/or partial season plans) will have the option of either receiving a full refund or applying the amount paid toward a future ticket purchase directly from the club,” the memo from Commissioner Roger Goodell explains.
The league reportedly was debating the possibility of delaying the schedule release, due in part to concerns regarding ticket refunds for games that aren’t played or that are played without fans present.
Seems like a little insurance policy while we wait for this pandemic to play out before we can see how much of the season will play out.
One More Thing:
- The NFL believes it will be able to play the full season, and there’s optimism stadiums will be open, based on anticipated developments in diagnostic testing, antibody testing, and treatment for the coronavirus. The biggest challenge will come from getting all states in which the NFL does business on board with permitting stadiums to be open, and then from devising a plan for proceeding if one or more states decline to permit games to be played with fans present.
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