The COVID-19 virus has effected professional sports in a very big way this year; with the NBA's 'Bubble Stadium', the fake crowd noises, and most importantly the players. Out of all the professional sport associations, the NFL has been impacted the most by the pandemic.

The NFL has had countless struggles with COVID-19 throughout the 2020 season. Just last week, the Atlanta Falcons had to close down their facility due to positive test results from some of the faculty members working there. "This decision was made in consultation with the NFL and medical officials," says the corporation on their public website.

But, the Falcons are not the only team struggling with the effects of COVID-19. The New England Patriots have had major complications throughout this season, mainly being the cancellation of practices and having players get infected. This Friday, the center for the Patriots, James Ferentz, was placed on the reserve list after testing positive.

Another big drawback for the NFL is the lack of fans, which also effects the players who are so used to hearing the loud chanting of the fans as they perform. Most teams are only allowing 25% capacity in the stadiums. This also means that the ticket prices go up drastically.

The effects that this pandemic has on the NFL has made for so many changes involving the players and the fans. Hopefully, by the time the 2021 season comes around, all of this will be over. The 2020 season will definitely go down in history for being the most eccentric of them all.

References: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/15/sport/nfl-atlanta-falcons-football-close-facility-spt-trnd/index.html