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What The CDC's New Recommendations Could Mean For NFL Draft

NFL Draft in Arlington, Texas.

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: The 2018 NFL Draft logo is seen on a video board during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

NFL free agency is going to begin this week as scheduled, but it isn't looking good for next month's NFL Draft.

Earlier tonight, the CDC released a new set of recommendations to combat the outbreak of coronavirus. One of them calls for the cancellation or postponement of "in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S." over the next eight weeks.

That eight-week timeline takes us to May 10. The 2020 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 23-25 in Las Vegas.

If the event stays on as scheduled, it won't be in its usual format. Therefore, the NFL seemingly has two options: push the draft back and hope by then everything has returned to normal, or hold it in late April but alter how it is done.

We all know that the draft is a TV event and a ratings bonanza. The NFL wants to maintain that status even with these unusual circumstances.

Maybe they do that by moving it back. Or perhaps they hold it remotely with different cameras capturing the action all over the country.

It will be interesting to see what the league comes up with.