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Notes: NFL schedule release still planned for next week, but could have contingencies

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The NFL is still planning on releasing the schedule next week, but it could come with some asterisks.

NFL: Super Bowl LIV-Commissioner Roger Goodell Press Conference Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Back in April, the NFL announced that the schedule release would be pushed back from its normal mid-April date to no later than May 9. This week, NFL vice president of communications reiterated that the schedule will indeed be released by that date. In his statement on Twitter, he said the season kickoff is slated to stay on September 10 with the Super Bowl unmoved from February 7, 2021.

However, a report from earlier in the week suggests the NFL is going to make sure they have some contingency plans in place to potentially accommodate for a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand and Ben Fischer laid out a handful of options the league is reportedly considering as backup plans. One example: A normal 17-week schedule, but the first two games of the season could be uprooted and placed at the end of the schedule, which, in turn, would require a potential delay of the Super bowl by a few weeks.

Per the report, some within the NFL are still debating whether the league should announce anything.

With the May 9 deadline just over a week away, we’ll likely know of the league’s intentions soon enough.

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