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Silver & Black Illustrated|November 2020
No masking this issue
League, Raiders continue to evolve amid pandemic

For a league that had more time to prepare than any of its other contemporaries in the world of professional sports, the NFL has discovered how quickly things can get out of hand when dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

Positive tests shut down the Tennessee Titans practice facility and forced the NFL to reshuffle the schedule, necessitating a Tuesday game for only the second time since 1946. Less than three weeks after that, the Atlanta Falcons had to shut down their facility after a positive test.

In many ways, it’s Roger Goodell’s nightmare come true. There’s a very real possibility, too, that things will get worse, much worse, before they get better.

During a virtual meeting with the NFL’s 32 owners, the decision was made to scrap the 2021 Pro Bowl that was scheduled to be played at the Raiders new home at Allegiant Stadium in January. The owners did agree to hold the 2022 Pro Bowl in Las Vegas to make up for the cancellation.

The Raiders themselves have been in the center of the storm, so to speak.

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November 2020