COVID-19: public opinion in the U.S. on delaying the NFL season 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic that spread across the world at the beginning of 2020 was not only a big threat to public health, but also to the entire sports industry. Several professional sports leagues, including the NBA and NHL, as well as most professional soccer leagues in Europe, took the decision to postpone or suspend their seasons in order to mitigate the spread of the disease. As yet, no decision has been made about the fate of the new NFL season which is due to start in September 2020. During an April 2020 survey in the United States, some 77 percent of respondents stated that the start of the NFL season should be delayed if college and pro football players have a shorter period to get in shape for the season than they have had in the past

Public opinion on delaying the new NFL/college football season during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the United States as of April 2020

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Source

Release date

April 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

April 6-8, 2020

Number of respondents

762 respondents

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "If college and pro football players have a shorter period to get in shape for the season than they have in the past, should the beginning of the football season be delayed to protect players’ safety?"

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