Finally, some news that a sporting event won't be postponed!
In a memo sent out to NFL teams on Thursday evening, commissioner Roger Goodell shared that the CEC voted to keep the NFL Draft scheduled as originally planned, meaning that from April 23-25 the long-awaited event will take place. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network originally broke the news.
Goodell states that the CEC "was unanimous and unequivocal that the Draft should go forward as scheduled", adding that the Draft can help to alleviate some of the stress and fear that we are facing as a "country at large" due to the coronavirus outbreak.
As expected, the Draft will be conducted in a significantly different manner than in years past, including the cancellation of all public events. Goodell also included that no prospects or families will be brought to the draft, changing the way in which the event will be televised and arranged.
One alteration is that teams "should prepare to conduct draft business outside team facilities and with a limited amount of people", according to Eduardo Encina of the Tampa Bay Times.
You can read the memo in its entirety here.
Though the draft will take place at the normal time, there is mounting fear among NFL executives that the start of the season may be delayed given the certain conditions. The U.S. now has more known positive cases of coronavirus than any other country in the world, according to the New York Times, and it's impossible to predict the future of sports with such uncertainty.