NFL 2020/21 schedule release: League plan regular 17-week schedule, starting in September ending with February Super Bowl

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The NFL plan to release a full 17-week regular season schedule starting in September and ending with the Super Bowl in February.

The league are due to release the schedule for the upcoming season in the next week, and as it stands they plan to keep the current timescale despite the coronavirus pandemic.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy was quoted by ESPN as saying: "We plan to start on time."

That means a season starting with the annual kick-off game, with the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting a game on September 10, with 17 weeks of regular season action, the play-off and culminating in the Super Bowl in Tampa on February 7.

The NFL's own chief medical officer, Dr Allen Sills, has previously cast doubt on the start of the season if coronavirus pandemic measures are still in place, and the league is said to be doing "reasonable planning" in terms of health and safety.

Contingency plans are being put in place though, including a later start in October, playing in empty stadiums and getting rid of bye weeks.

There are no plans to look into similar plans to the MBA and MLB, who have both discussed playing their season in one neutral venue such as Disney World or even Las Vegas.

The NFL has agreed with the players' association that all team facility buildings will be closed until every state that contains a team in the league lifts their lockdown orders.

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