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The NFL has a built-in advantage for this bet: its schedule. The off-season began in February, just before the coronavirus epidemic started spreading globally, so league officials are proceeding as normal, preparing a full schedule for 2020-21 that would begin with the annual Hall of Fame preseason game in Canton, Ohio – typically played in early August.

Baseball could happen before then. The 2020 MLB campaign was supposed to begin on March 26, but had to be postponed because of the pandemic; with warmer weather on the horizon and lockdown restrictions starting to ease, outdoor games in front of small, socially distant crowds are being considered. Unfortunately for the NBA and NHL, those leagues are unlikely to resume their 2019-20 seasons anytime soon, and presumably wouldn’t get started for 2020-21 until well after the NFL’s Hall of Fame Game.


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