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Sport NFLPA recommends canceling all 2020 preseason games

02:43  04 july  2020
02:43  04 july  2020 Source:   profootballrumors.com

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We heard Thursday that the NFLPA might be pushing to cancel the preseason, and indeed, the union’s board of player reps have unanimously recommended that no preseason games be played, as Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports. That decision was reached during Thursday night’s call between the player reps and NFLPA medical director Thom Mayer.

a football player throwing a ball during a game: Every preseason, the Jets and Giants battle for the bragging rights of MetLife Stadium, a game that would be canceled if the NFLPA gets its way. © Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports Every preseason, the Jets and Giants battle for the bragging rights of MetLife Stadium, a game that would be canceled if the NFLPA gets its way.

As Albert Breer of SI.com notes, the preseason schedule was also discussed during the call, which was open to all players. The union has floated the following summer schedule, per Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network:

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From there, the schedule would shift immediately to Week 1 of the regular season. And as Pelissero notes, players would be divided into smaller groups during the strength and conditioning and unpadded practice portions of the schedule, which would buy an extra month of time before everyone would have to come together for the padded sessions.

Of course, the NFL has full authority over whether to schedule preseason games or not, and Graziano notes that it’s unclear whether the league will consider the union’s recommendation. As Breer points out, teams would lose out on gate revenue — if fans are allowed in stands, which is a dubious proposition — and local TV money. Plus, the NFL Network usually sees its highest ratings in August, so cancelling the preseason slate altogether would be a tough pill to swallow.

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