June 1, 2020
By Al Ortiz
The NFL has extended its virtual offseason, even as a handful of NFL teams reopened their facilities recently. The work-from-home offseason has been extended by the NFL, as announced on Thursday, by two weeks. The program was scheduled to end on Friday, May 29. However, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a memo that coaches could be back in their respective facilities before that virtual offseason deadline hits. According to the commish, as reported by NFL.com: "We are actively working with governors and other state and local authorities in those states that have not yet announced definitive plans and will confirm the precise date on which coaches can return to the facility as soon as possible."
It was reported previously that the NBA has multiple options on the table in regards to restarting its season, and beginning its playoff component. Three options are the on the table:
- A regular playoff style format with four bubble teams doing a play-in tournament to determine the final playoff seeding.
- A World Cup-style group round with the top 20 NBA teams (as their record stands today), before going into an 8-team playoff format.
- A conference-less playoff format with 16 teams.
Bleacher Report has stated that approximately 75 percent of NBA general managers, according to a survey conducted by the commissioner's office, prefer the first option: A regular playoff format with a play-in tournament for bubble teams. Those bubble teams would include the Portland Trail Blazers, the Sacramento Kings, the New Orleans Pelicans, and your San Antonio Spurs.