The NFL released their 2020 schedule earlier this month and have plans to play a full 16-game schedule, at least for now. How that will look, even if they can play all 16 games, is still a big question mark.

Will the virus be contained by September when the season kicks off? Will it spike back up as the weather cools in the fall? Will possible treatment breakthroughs be found and widely available to use? No one can say for sure, so the NFL has contingency plans for all scenarios, including playing the season with none, or a limited number of fans in the stands.

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And how exactly will that affect revenue for the league and for each team individually?

Forbes Magazine staff write Mike Ozanian recently released an article detailing how much revenue the league and each team could lose if fans aren’t allowed in the stadiums to watch games.

And it isn’t a pretty picture.

Forbes is predicting the league itself could lose upwards of $5.5 billion in 2020. And the Buccaneers who in 2018 generated $119 million in stadium revenue would stand to lose millions as well. The $119 million figure accounted for nearly 30 percent of their total revenue (based on 2018 figures). And stadium revenue was expected to rise dramatically with the addition of quarterback Tom Brady as ticket sales and merchandise sales have skyrocketed since March.

Complicating things even more is the new CBA agreement recently signed by the players that bases salary numbers to revenue.

The only thing certain at this point is uncertainty. But it appears the 2020 season will look very different than any of the previous 100 seasons the league has played.

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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bucballer

It’s always been said… at least what I heard… that the Bucs money comes from TV revenue and ticket sales don’t really account for much money for them. Well…$120mil plus is a little more than chicken scratch! Especially when this number is projected to go up even more due to Brady and Gronk!

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fredster

The shutdown was a huge over reaction. The amount of deaths from poverty, suicide, etc will far exceed the Covid deaths. Half the deaths were in nursing homes and over 80. It was never a serious threat to 99% of us. Elderly and at risk should have stayed home not whole country!!! Now after best economy ever this likely will lead to a depression and already added trillions to already insane debt. What a complete mess. To top it off lot of well respected scientist and doctors say more people may die in long run because of the shutdown and… Read more »

bucballer

Fredster… this CoVid is no joke! I, personally, know 3 people who died because of it. It’s called a Pandemic for a reason. Otherwise it would just be called an outbreak of some sorts. There r no recent protocols to follow when society experiences something like this. Self quarantine has saved lives or the numbers would be even higher. Now we have to measure opening up society again against causing a new outbreak. It’s tough on people. All people. People need to get back to their lives and their livelihoods. I feel for all who have been infected and affected.… Read more »

NC Greenbeard

While you are certainly entitled to your opinion, I feel this is a very irresponsible viewpoint. Disregarding the fact that I’ve never seen “poverty” listed as a cause of death, poverty is not highly contagious. Neither is suicide. It certainly is a threat to most of us. That everyone won’t catch it doesn’t mean it’s a very real threat, especially in some of the bigger hotspots. 1.5 million infections in 4 months with no vaccine is a threat, and not just to the octogenarians out there. Everyone has their own views about reopening when and how, and there’s room for… Read more »

seat26

1.5 million infected in less than 3 months. Nearly 100K dead. You are being obtuse. We squandered precious time, ignoring the Pandemic and now 1/3 of all the world’s infections are in America. It is comments like yours that will get people killed. The NFL is a tax-free entity. They cannot afford to risk the lives of millions of people. It is likely that the games will be played in empty stadiums and even that will not be enough to ensure the safety of the players and coaching staff.

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Corsair

I sure hope the millionaires and billionaires will be ok!

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Buccorona

Another irresponsible comment. A virus doesn’t check your bank balance.

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martinii

Hey Fredster, I am in my mid 70″s and have sustained open heart surgery as well as diabetes. I love the Buc’s and am looking forward to fanless games to protect others. Herd Immunity is designed for small isolated, low population countries (i.e. Switzerland) Forgive me but your willingness to sacrifice me and those in my age group and circumstances including the First Responders and all those dedicated to protect us plus the Scientific community striving to find a vaccine or therapy to treat this in the future so you can watch football at the Ray jay. F*U Rate this… Read more »

bucballer

Here Here! I couldn’t agree more! It has affected young and old, healthy and sick. Because it might not bother a particular age group too much, I’m sure parents and grandparents feel it’s real ness!

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seat26

True That.

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Dbuc63

fredster- You are correct but it is hard to criticize the beginning. Bad information from the WHO and of course China. Our so called experts should not have taken things at face value but in all honesty the risk was too high. Never in our history have we quarantined the healthy. It’s usually the other way around.

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bucballer

I agree Dbuc. I think ur comment on bad early information is a crucial one. There was hysteria because experts told us it was an unknown entity. Like today, I read that experts r saying it can’t really be spread on hard surfaces. That would have been good information to have early to cut down on some of the fear and hoarding! Lack of information and misinformation has cost this economy billions!

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Buccorona

Bad information didn’t kill people, but failure to act on the information we had and have is still killing us.

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Dave

Agreed! Since when was this country in the business of sacrificing millions and millions for fractions of a percent. I thought we made decisions in this country based on what was best for the WHOLE country. Every life matters. Not just covid victims or future covid victims. The other 70+% that have had their lives negatively affected in one way or another are being largely ignored for the betterment of the 1/3 of a percent. If the government knew what they know now, they would have done things much differently back in March Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No… Read more »

NC Greenbeard

Ok, but the measures we took prevented tens if not hundreds of thousands of other people from getting sick as well. If we had taken the measures sooner, they are estimating it would have saved tens of thousands of lives that have now already been lost. It’s in the best interest of the country to not let this virus run unchecked. Now maybe our country will take the threat of future pandemics seriously and put a plan in place that balances health of the country with trying to lessen economic damage. Because there will be more… next year or 50… Read more »

Dave

Agree to disagree. When it comes to covid, nobody is going to convince anyone else that their view is correct, and vice versa. So that’s my one and only covid post. Everyone has their own views and opinions. I respect them all equally, whether I agree or disagree

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NC Greenbeard

Fair enough! Is it time for the season to start yet?

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Dave

Can’t come soon enough dude!!

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Allanh1

Kind of sucks getting Brady in such strange times. Every minute counts and all this wasted time not being on the practice field is a disadvantage. Gotta.give.it to the guys for making an effort and going out there to throw the rock a bit.

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