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Cheese Curds, 6/22: COVID-19 affecting NFL ticket sales & players-only workouts

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Recent outbreaks in college football programs and among NFL player workout groups have optimism for football dwindling.

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2020 continues to be the strangest year in recent memory, and recent days have raised more and more questions about whether American sports can resume or, in the NFL’s case, get underway safely. Several college athletic departments are seeing waves of positive COVID-19 cases, with the Clemson and LSU football teams being hit particularly hard.

On Friday, another NFL-related case came up, with a San Francisco 49ers player testing positive. That player was one of a group of Niners players who were working out together in the Nashville area, and players in that group are now self-quarantining in Tennessee. As a result, the NFLPA’s medical director put out a statement advising against players holding their own group workouts for the time being:

Meanwhile, fans are understandably cautious about purchasing tickets for games that might not happen or that seem likely to take place without fans in the seats. With a month to go before training camps were set to open anyway, the league has a little bit of time to figure things out, but recent events are putting a damper on optimism for the fall.

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So far, prices on the secondary market haven't changed much. But with no guarantee that fans will be allowed inside stadiums this fall, few people are buying up tickets, understandably preferring to wait until there is more of a clear idea about what will happen.

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Chandon Sullivan looks primed for big things, says Mike Spofford, who also looks at the possible impact of player acquisitions and transactions due to COVID-19. This could be a season where having a GM who is active player on the waiver wire -- like Brian Gutekunst -- could be a huge benefit.

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This is a fun series looking at the most recent instances of certain plays or statistical marks. For 90-yard scores, you have to go back to 2011, when Jordy Nelson burned old friend Al Harris for a 93-yarder.

Top 10 Aaron Rodgers games: 3 - Mah Knee | Packer Report
Rodgers' insane comeback after hurting his knee in week one of the 2018 season is deservedly high up on this list.

The Premier League is back: Which football club should NFL fans support? – The Athletic
This writer picked Newcastle United a few years ago because of some Packers parallels. They had some legendary teams in the distant past, they're in a fairly remote, northern part of the country that's known for beer, and they have a dedicated, passionate fan base. Now, it has been a rough go since picking them a few years ago, but the Magpies did just return to action on Sunday with a 3-0 victory over Sheffield. As a bonus to anyone who is a fan of 80s music, Sting and Mark Knopfer (of Dire Straits) are celebrity fans of the team.

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I’m for it, even if especially since I would have to order return address labels with "Flavortown, OH" on the bottom line.