The NFL is doing its best to make sure the 2020 season is played regardless of the coronavirus pandemic. While June minicamps seem out, the league is holding out hope training camps will open as scheduled in late July.

When (if) the routine season begins in September, there’s a great possibility fans won’t be allowed in the stands. And if they are, stadiums won’t be packed to capacity so those in participation can maintain social distancing. The Athletic’s Michael Lombardi states playing games with minimal or no fans in the stands will produce a long-lasting issue for the NFL.

Without fans in the stands, the profits will decrease for the owners, which suggests the gamers will take part in the losses considering that they are partners. As a result, next year’s cap (2021) may be substantially lower. The NFL salary cap system is a moving scale– cash comes in, owners and the gamers share the cash based on the income divides, minus the gamer advantages amount. Yes, the potential of increases in the tv offer will help in future years, but without fans in the seats, cash is flying out the window for players and owners.

Introducing Eagles Bonus: Register For a totally free trial now. Get special news, behind-the-scenes observations and the capability to text straight with reporters

Offered the unknown monetary future of the league, Lombardi advocates NFL basic supervisors take proactive steps now to prepare for a lower income cap next year. While a precise dollar amount is difficult to pin down, Lombardi suggests “teams would be smart to use a $30 million reduction as a criteria for planning purposes.”

Amongst the teams dealing with economic challenge with a lowered cap is the Philadelphia Eagles. Lombardi states “the Eagles would be $50 million over the predicted number heading into 2021, one of the most of any team for the 2021 season.”

However that’s not the worst-case situation, according to Lombardi. “It ends up being a much harder issue if they need to minimize by $80 million– which might explain why the Eagles have not been as aggressive as normal in the late free-agent market.”