The NFL has a contingency plan to apparently start the regular season two weeks late and still play a complete schedule.
Commissioner Roger Goodell, on a conference call today with Cleveland Browns season-ticket holders, said there is a plan to postpone Super Bowl XLVI one week and make the time between the conference championship games and Super Bowl one week and not the standard two. This is according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Under this scenario, the NFL could kick off the season Thursday, Sept. 22 at Lambeau Field and still have a full slate of games played. If the NFL started two weeks late, it would mean the preseason schedule was wiped out or dramatically revamped.
The hope here is the two sides can reach an agreement well before the fall. When fans cannot make travel plans to attend games, and when schedules are juggled, that is when there will be a dramatic realization of the damage done to the game.
Super Bowl XLVI will mark the first time the Super Bowl is played in Indianapolis. Of course, that is if the game is played at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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