2020 changed the face of the world as we know it, with many sports needing to be flexible to make amendments to their scheduling, practice and regulations. Some of these changes will remain in place for the foreseeable, for some, potentially forever.
In terms of the NFL, they've been a tad creative in this regard.
Every year, the organisation holds an all-star game, where the best players in the league come together and and compete in an exhibition. Due to COVID-19, however, this season's event will be a tad different.
As opposed to a real-life physical game, the NFL have opted for week-long virtual event. The game will take place on Madden NFL 21 - for our English audience, it's basically FIFA but for American football. No set date has been announced, but it is expected to take place in January. With the rise of E-Sports, could this become a new tradition?
Another NFL event that is scheduled, but this time on the actual field, is the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship. Taking place at the Hard Rock stadium on January 11th, the game will be broadcast live on ESPN.
For those not familiar with the competition, it's the ultimate event to determine the champion from the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. This is the top-level of college football in the United States, so yes, it's a pretty big deal. College sports in the USA compared to England are a tad different - this event would usually be played in-front of 80,000 fans and watched at home by over 25 million.
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