The NFL is expected to release the 2020-21 season schedule no later than May 9, but despite the fact that we’ve yet to see the schedule we have gotten news surrounding this season’s slate of games.
Last week it was reported that the NFL could look to play some of its games on Saturday if the college football season is completely canceled. On top of that, the league officially announced that all international games set to take place this season have been canceled.
The NFL was set to play one game in Mexico City at Azteca Stadium as well as four games in London with two set for Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the other two at Wembley Stadium. Wembley has hosted at least one NFL game over the past 13 seasons, but that streak will come to an end this year.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, and Atlanta Falcons were set to be the home teams for said international games but now will instead get an actual home game at their own stadiums this season.
“After considerable analysis, we believe the decision to play all our games domestically this season is the right one for our players, our clubs, and all our fans in the US, Mexico and UK,” said NFL Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Growth Officer Christopher Halpin. “We greatly appreciate the support of our governmental and stadium partners in Mexico and the United Kingdom, who all agree with this decision, and we look forward to returning for games in both countries in the 2021 season.
This news felt completely inevitable at this point despite the fact that we’re still months away from the scheduled start of the NFL season. Given the current travel restrictions around the globe and the overall uncertainty involved with the pandemic, canceling these games was the right move.