Things are kind of up in the air regarding the 2020 NFL season. Nobody knows for sure if the league will resume at the end of 2020, and if it doesn’t, then what does that mean for the 2021 Draft picking order? We’re looking at some of the possible scenarios for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Keep Things the Same
One option for the 2021 NFL Draft is to keep the picking order the same as it was in 2020. This might be seen by some as unfair because it means certain teams are getting two efforts to cherry-pick the best young talents from college football.
It would also throw up several dilemmas, as the Bengals could be picking for yet another star quarterback in Trevor Lawrence. The Bengals could then cash in on selling either Joe Burrow or Lawrence from their consecutive number one picks.
Copy the 2005 NHL Draft
Another option is to create a weighted lottery, as the NHL did following the 2004 union dispute. That system created a weighted lottery which gave three balls to teams that had missed out on the playoffs in the last three seasons and hadn’t had a top overall pick. Teams that made the playoffs once in three years were then given two balls, and the others were left with one.
It created a system whereby the best teams in the NHL could receive a high draft pick, but gave the lower-ranking teams the best chance. However, a similar system in the NFL could see a team like the Patriots luck out and draft Lawrence right into their starting roster.
Nobody knows whether there will be a 2020 NFL season or not. If there is, then we won’t have to worry about the 2021 Draft picking order because it will sort itself out. Otherwise one of these options may be the only solution to move the sport forward in 2021.
The Bundesliga Is Back – What Does This Mean for the Future of Soccer?
Although the current coronavirus pandemic has affected people in so many different ways, there’s no doubt about the fact that sports fans are struggling under these lockdown rules. Some of the biggest competitions have been canceled or postponed, and what would normally keep these people entertained has been taken off the airways and canceled until further notice. However, it seems as though things are starting to get back to normal – and the Bundesliga is back.
Rules In Germany
It was a huge blow for soccer fans across the world when the German Bundesliga was canceled by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Of course, it was understandable. As coronavirus plagued the country, lockdown measures and social distancing was put in place to ensure the health and safety of all those who live in the country – just as similar measures have also come to light across the rest of the world. Fans went months without their soccer fix, but thankfully, Bundesliga is back once more.
A Few Changes
Unfortunately for some, the Bundesliga isn’t quite what it used to be, and many experts are suggesting that this could be the future of soccer as a sport. Due to the ongoing social distancing measures, the new games are being played without crowds or spectators, and this is to minimize the risk of anyone contracting the virus. Alongside this, the players have had to make a few changes on the pitch. While it’s impossible to remove contact completely when in the midst of a game, players are being told to be more careful when not caught up in the game. For example, they are to touch elbows rather than shake hands or high five.
With these measures set to be in place for months, we have a feeling that many other sports will also adopt these new changes. The world of sport could have changed as we know it.