The measure passed by team owners Tuesday is the first expansion of the N.F.L.’s regular season schedule since 1978 and will force the league to push the Super Bowl back one week.
The N.F.L. has tried to move on from the controversy over Colin Kaepernick, but recent events suggest his critique of America’s racial climate has remained relevant.
The division rivalry was rescheduled three times as Baltimore recorded more than 20 positive coronavirus tests.
As the virus surges around the country — and near team facilities — the league’s efforts to complete the season on schedule will be severely tested.
After George Floyd’s death, many athletes and sports leagues pushed back more forcefully against the president’s demand for standing during the national anthem, and he shifted away from the issue.
A heavy fine, but no suspensions, come after two dozen players and staff members tested positive for the virus.
The league introduced new measures, including video surveillance to monitor the wearing of masks while in team facilities or traveling, after postponing games because of an outbreak.
A spate of infections in the Titans’ clubhouse forced the league to indefinitely postpone their game against the Steelers and gird for more consequences.
The Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings are the N.F.L.’s first teams to halt operations after eight members of the Titans received positive tests.
Diversity and inclusion advocates said until the league fully addresses its toxic relationship with women, “those stories will keep coming.”
The move toward changing a mascot name after decades of complaints underscores how America’s most popular sport has scrambled to keep up with shifts in public opinion.
On the issue of race, America’s Coach boxes out America’s Cretin.
With newfound momentum on social justice causes, players around the league have many opinions on what comes next. But most agree that the N.F.L. must recognize Colin Kaepernick.
“Every other industry, you know, they have to prove their commitment by hiring thousands of new black people,” said Trevor Noah. “The N.F.L.’s just got to hire one.”
Before the N.F.L. can begin the season as planned in September, it must first figure out how to safely open team facilities for training camps in mid-July.
In its remote broadcast format, the N.F.L. gave sports fans something to talk about until games begin this fall. Here are some of the most interesting moments, through the eyes of an illustrator.
“We’ll go anywhere the science takes us and nowhere the science doesn’t,” said the medical director of the players’ union.
Cut off from its usual pomp, the draft gave viewers some memorable snapshots: a general manager’s children, a coach’s sublime landscape and some curious decorations, like a team-branded surfboard.
Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce picks from his basement, and players will miss out on the bear hugs that have become a tradition.