Trask: NFL Needs Uniform Attendance Policy In 2020

Some NFL teams will have fans in the stands this season, while the ones that can’t or won’t are at a competitive disadvantage, former executive Amy Trask says

JRSportBrief
September 10, 2020 - 8:40 am
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From a pandemic to a canceled preseason, the 2020 NFL season could be unlike anything we’ve ever seen. But there’s also this: some teams will have fans in the stands, and some will not. In fact, the vast majority will not due to COVID-19.

But the ones who will? Former NFL executive and current analyst Amy Trask isn’t, well, a fan of that.

“The one decision the league has made thus far that really sticks in my craw is the ability for some teams to have fans while some teams either can’t or don’t,” Trask told JR SportBrief. “Now let’s put aside the teams that are legally allowed by their municipalities or their states to have fans and are simply choosing not to do so because that is a choice – and it may well be the right choice, but they’re making a choice. There are, however, teams that – for the moment, at least – are not allowed to have fans in the stadium, and there are, of course, teams that can.”

The Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars, for example, will have fans in the stands this week, albeit with limited capacity. Other teams, meanwhile, are taking a wait-and-see approach.

“It strikes me that if you are not allowed to have fans in the stadium and other teams are, you are at a competitive disadvantage,” Trask said. “So I would like to see uniformity in the fan-attendance issue.”