In not-so-surprising news, the NFL finally made it official that all fans who will be in attendance at games in the fall must wear a face mask/covering at all times, according to Brian McCarthy of the NFL’s PR team.
As more and more teams have started announcing their expectations for fan attendance this season, this news wasn’t going to be far behind. Most recently, the Atlanta Falcons announced that they are expecting to have somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 fans at their home games while the Las Vegas Raiders and owner Mark Davis aren’t so sure things are going to go smoothly enough to allow people in their new Allegiant Stadium.
For those wondering, yes, it is league-wide: fans at NFL games this season will be required to wear face coverings pic.twitter.com/D139KGKQ4r— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) July 22, 2020
Fans at NFL games this season now will be required to wear face coverings, per @nflPRguy.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 22, 2020
The Giants and Jets, both of whom are technically in the state of New Jersey, are likely going to be hampered by the state’s current limits on events, which is still set at no more than 500 people. As of right now, both teams will be forced to play without fans in the stands.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy informed the #Giants and #Jets that his statewide limit of 500 people at outdoor gatherings would also apply to NFL teams, per @StevePoliti. Both teams will play games without fans in attendance.— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) July 20, 2020
While nothing has been said in the way of how SoFi Stadium will handle the subject of fan attendance, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them find a way to have bodies in the building in order to recoup some of their lost revenue that they certainly did not predict to miss out on in the opening year of this architectural marvel.
Now for today’s links.
Jason Reed debates if the Chargers should re-sign CB Trevor Williams (Bolt Beat)
Sheil Kapadia talks being a football nerd in Los Angeles (The Athletic)
Jason Reed lists the greatest Chargers to ever wear #55 (Bolt Beat)
Check out the photos of the rookies arriving at the team’s facilities (Chargers.com)
ESPN Staff ranks the most-improved teams from the offseason (ESPN)
ESPN reports on the investigations surrounding Jets owner Woody Johnson (ESPN)
Tyler Sullivan lists the under-the-radar storylines for the 2020 season (CBS Sports)
Mike Chiari reports on the Vikings planning to sign HC Mike Zimmer to a multi-year extension (Bleacher Report)
Gary Davenport talks the latest buzz around every NFL team (Bleacher Report)
The Falcons are expecting between 10,000 and 20,000 at home games this season (Pro Football Talk)