Cowboys-Steelers Hall of Fame Game reportedly canceled, enshrinement ceremony postponed
The NFL made its first cancellation related to corona viruses.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, this year's Hall of Fame game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers, which was originally scheduled for August 6, will be canceled and the anchoring ceremony for the Hall of Fame will be postponed. Both changes were reportedly made due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Schefter reported that the Cowboys and Steelers will play in the HOF game in 2021. Hall of Fame class 2020 will be anchored in 2021, but a new date has not been announced.
Rich Desrosiers, vice president of communications at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was optimistic that fans could only be in the stands in mid-June.
"One of the things we're hoping for and we're willing to do is almost be the test case for the NFL," Desrosiers told CBSSports.com. "Give us the green light and we will show people how to make it safe for fans, safe for participants and safe for the employees here. We see the prospects for early August very positively."
The 2020 class will have to wait a little longer to be accepted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Photo by Rich Graessle / PPI / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Ohio governor Mike DeWine threw cold water at this optimism a few days later.
"As much as I hate to say that because we are all looking forward to it and I know how much it means for the Canton and Stark County and really across the country, it is a great, great event that we have I was looking forward to having a crowd of this size is highly unlikely, "said DeWine.
According to CBSSports.com, the Hall of Fame sold over 20,000 playing cards within half an hour of the start of sales.
Since the Hall of Fame game usually starts the pre-season, the Cowboys and Steelers should report to the training camp six days earlier than all other teams on July 22nd. According to Schefter, the reporting date is likely to be postponed to July 28 when all other teams report.
Almost four months after the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL kept its schedule relatively free of cancellations. Free agency, off-season workouts, meetings and conference calls were conducted virtually, as was the entire NFL draft. But every day brings us closer to both pre-season games and actual real games. Given the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in numerous states, this is probably not the last cancellation we will see.
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