Will the NFL gain globally from missing the COVID-19 pandemic?

mianfei

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It has recently occurred to me that the NFL might gain status in global sports through escaping the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic struck at the beginning of the league’s off-season – the perfect time for the NFL to gain fans from rival sports. Even if the pandemic lasts into the 2020 NFL season, the NFL could play behind closed doors more easily than most other leagues because of its unrivalled television contracts.

I am well aware that the NFL has long failed to expand outside the United States, but if major foreign sports cannot return by the time the 2020 NFL season begins, is it plausible that the NFL would gain many new non-American fans who have been starved for sports in the spring and summer?
 

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The NFL is being affected too, a d we will see the season suspended eventually
So you are saying the pandemic is not going to have reached its peak by September? If that proves correct, what will historians of the future say about government policy in the United States (not necessarily Federal Government policy)?? It has not taken China six months to contain the outbreak – most new cases in East Asia today are of stranded citizens who were on winter vacation when COVID-19 first hit.
 

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So you are saying the pandemic is not going to have reached its peak by September? If that proves correct, what will historians of the future say about government policy in the United States (not necessarily Federal Government policy)?? It has not taken China six months to contain the outbreak – most new cases in East Asia today are of stranded citizens who were on winter vacation when COVID-19 first hit.
You're new to GGs negativity on absolutely everything I take it?

The dude lives to frown. :(
 

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So you are saying the pandemic is not going to have reached its peak by September? If that proves correct, what will historians of the future say about government policy in the United States (not necessarily Federal Government policy)?? It has not taken China six months to contain the outbreak – most new cases in East Asia today are of stranded citizens who were on winter vacation when COVID-19 first hit.
The West is allowing itself to crash and burn, and the carnage hasnt even begun.
 

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It has recently occurred to me that the NFL might gain status in global sports through escaping the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic struck at the beginning of the league’s off-season – the perfect time for the NFL to gain fans from rival sports. Even if the pandemic lasts into the 2020 NFL season, the NFL could play behind closed doors more easily than most other leagues because of its unrivalled television contracts.

I am well aware that the NFL has long failed to expand outside the United States, but if major foreign sports cannot return by the time the 2020 NFL season begins, is it plausible that the NFL would gain many new non-American fans who have been starved for sports in the spring and summer?
agree with your general point, but is this true? Financially yes but the atmosphere would be significantly affected.
 

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Even if the pandemic lasts into the 2020 NFL season, the NFL could play behind closed doors more easily than most other leagues because of its unrivalled television contracts.
I've changed my view on the ability for competitions to be sustainable on big TV deals alone. Every been to an NFL game? It's like buying a ticket to the Grand Final. The NFL are just as dependant on match day revenue as the other streams.

I felt the AFL should have been able to sustain a 6 month hit of no games with the TV money plus the future fund, and smirked when the NRL were asking for govt stimulus funding. Yet a few days later here we are with massive standowns, big pay cuts and a serious threat to the future viability of the comp.

Big Revenues = Big Spending, and like most are saving for a rainy day - not a pandemic.

Where the NFL does have an advantage is 6 months to rework their financial approach to 2020 - with a workforce that has witnessed a global sport shutdown. So they may be more viable then others.
 

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