Here’s how COVID-19 will impact the Cleveland Browns in 2020
With the Big Ten and PAC12 conferences moving fall sports to the spring, more and more people are losing optimism that the 2020 NFL season can start on time. The Cleveland Browns have assembled a strong roster for the upcoming season, and it would be devastating to not see the product in action.
At this moment while many are leaning towards the season not happening, there is reason to remain optimistic the season can happen. The league has already removed all preseason games and is performing a strong amount of testing to protect player’s safety. The NFLPA and league have worked closely together to devise a “return to work” plan that works for owners and players. However, at the end of the day players and owners want to get paid, which could be the biggest factor of having a season.
If the season can occur, the NFL will own ratings with college football looking less and less likely by the day. MLB, NBA, and NHL will be wrapping up their seasons and the NFL could have a strong Saturday and Sunday viewership each week to end 2020.
After months of no live sports, the country is ready for its pride and joy, football. It’s certainly selfish to demand the league to play amidst safety concerns, but if there is any way possible to play the season on time, it feels like a lucrative decision. With 70 players already deciding to opt-out of the season, the NFL did their part allowing every player an out.
The offseason has already been substantially different with everything having to be virtual before reporting to training camp. There’s no doubt that all teams will face challenges because of this, but the team who is able to adjust the quickest may be able to sneak away with a Super Bowl. Below are the three biggest impacts that could affect the Browns in 2020.