Nine years ago, NFL owners and players were negotiating a new CBA — and the start of the league year was delayed four months.
Now, with another CBA extension on the line, it’s possible the league year will be postponed again — for completely unrelated reasons.
The coronavirus pandemic has created a fearful environment in the U.S. (and the world) that has not existed since the days and weeks after Sept. 11, 2001. Even then, sports events were delayed for just a week as the nation grieved and tried to process what had happened.
This is very different.