Better clear your weekend schedule this fall.
Should college football not return as scheduled this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL could look to add games on Saturday, the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reports. The NFL has declined to comment on the situation, according to the report.
The report deems that the league is speaking with broadcast partners to test the viability of the idea. Given that there would be open windows on each of CBS, FOX, ESPN and NBC, there are seemingly limitless options for the NFL and its partners.
The Post notes that the idea is “in its infancy” with many variables to come into play, most of them surrounding college football’s state. The NFL currently plans to release its schedule May 9, so there is still a small bit of time to figure out a plan.
The state of campuses and students, stay-at-home orders and more could come into play when it comes to the NCAA schedule. Still months away from the start of the college season, there’s no certainty one way or another as to what the situation for NCAA football will be.
Currently, the NFL isn’t allowed to schedule games on Saturdays because of current anti-trust laws, allowing Saturdays to belong purely to college football until their regular season ends. Once that wraps up, the NFL schedules games on Saturdays.
That could change come the fall.