The National Hockey League and National Basketball Association both recently wrapped up their postseason play in specific “bubble” cities. And now, the National Football League could be considering doing the same.
According to a report from The Athletic, the NFL is currently considering the viability of postseason bubble locations, as well as considering neutral locations for playoff games.
The two locations and venues? SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA (home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers), and AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX (home of the Dallas Cowboys).
“Part of the discussion… is that for playoffs they may be able to do a bubble type system that would avoid having to reschedule or losing key players because (they are) COVID positive or had contact with COVID positive,” said one of the sources. “It’s a big undertaking if they do this.”
One source also indicated that the NFL remains committed to a 17-week schedule
“Overall, we’re going to try to fit it within the 17-week season, and try to preserve making any changes to the 18th week until we have to,” the source said.
Several games have already been postponed and rescheduled due to team outbreaks of COVID-19.
– – Quotes via Lindsay Jones and Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic Link – –