Jeff Passan Of ESPN reported early Tuesday morning that after conversations with several players, July first could be a go date for Spring/ Summer training. Does the number of games even matter at this point? Just to see the two sides come together in a year ruled by COVID-19 is a start. Especially with a crazy offseason that the Buccaneers have had.
In the NBA, players are heading for their Magic Kingdom bubble. Keep your eyes on Orlando. The league is test subject zero. From the halt of all sports back in early March, they are now scheduled to be the first to start the resumption of the 2020 season.
Google NHL Return and you’re greeted with a splash page about plans to return to action in late March, and no specific mention yet of what a season might look like. Not so much “on ice”. The reception feels a little cooler.
But What About Those Bucs?
Well, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the entire NFL must still make COVID-19 plan one. Indefinitely.
Last Thursday they announced that an assistant coach had tested positive, and they quarantined two others. On Saturday, news came that there were now two Buccaneer players who tested positive.
The Buccaneers are not the first organization to be touched by recent news of infection. A definite change of pace for a team that has done so well in off-season news.
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No matter the sport, whether you use a football, basketball, puck, or bat, the virus will be front and center for every quarter, period, and inning. It has to be.
If any of the professional sports drop the ball, it could mean all the scheduled planning, free agent signings, the draft, etc, will all highlight the 2020 Buccaneers season.
As it clears each hurdle, as they pass each milestone, the chances for an NFL season in the Fall gets better and better.
What does this all have to do with the Buccaneers? Well, everything.