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Falcons owner convinced that 2020 NFL season will be shortened to 16 games

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The NFL season isn’t supposed to be underway until September, but the coronavirus could even impact that.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank certainly thinks the structure of the season could look different due to the aftershock of this Covid-19 pandemic. He predicts that the regular season will be cut down to 16 games.

“If I had to speculate now, and I use the word speculate because that’s really all it is, I would say yes,” said Blank.

“Only because it’s so far away from where we are today. I could easily see camps being shorter, players being tested on a daily basis, things of that nature. No fan attendance. Things like that. We may have fewer preseason games, which probably wouldn’t be the end of the world. But I think by September, my hope is by the time the regular season starts, that we’ll be able to bring people together in some form or fashion in a safe manner and play.”

It remains to be seen if this comes to fruition. The United States’ progress in their recovery from coronavirus over the next month will determine a lot in the world of sports moving forward.

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Dak Prescott apologizes after praising fans for throwing objects at referees

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Dak Prescott admits he let his emotions get the best of him following Sunday’s disappointing Wild Card loss.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback took to Twitter to formally apologize for praising fans at AT&T stadium for throwing objects at referees while they were heading back into the tunnel following the team’s 23-17 to the underdog San Francisco 49ers.

The 28-year old was initially criticizing the fans because he thought they were throwing stuff at his teammates. When a reporter corrected him and told him the debris was being aimed at referees, he replied with “Credit to them”

The frustration stems from the controversial ending to the game where the referee disrupted the final play of the game because he wasn’t able to spot the ball in time for a play to be run before the clock ran out.

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NFL announces Divisional Playoff weekend schedule!

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Things are shaping up in the NFL.

Although their is still one more gaming remaining in the Wild Card schedule (Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams), but the league has gone ahead and released the schedule for the following weekend.

Here are the times and dates for the Divisional Playoff weekend:

Saturday January 22

AFC: Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans, 4:30 pm/ET
NFC: San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers, 8:15 pm/ET

Sunday January 23

NFC: Winner of Arizona Cardinals/Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 3:00 pm/ET
AFC: Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs, 6:30 pm/ET

Let us hear your thoughts on @NextSportStar on Twitter! Who do you think is going to come out on top this upcoming weekend!

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Texans fire head coach David Culley after just one season

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Well that didn’t last long.

The Houston Texans announced that they have parted ways with their head coach David Culley, who’s entire tenure with the organization comes to an end after just 17 games.

“I came to this difficult but necessary decision after reviewing our football operation” said Texans general manager Nick Caserio.

“While a change after one season is unusual, we had philosophical differences over the long-term direction and vision for our program moving forward. We appreciate Coach Culley for helping us navigate through a difficult season, but it is my responsibility to make decisions that I feel are best for our organization.”

The 66-year old, who was initially hired in January 2021, led the team to a 4-13 tenure in his only season with the Texans.

He didn’t have much to work with talent wise on the roster, but clearly the front office didn’t see enough from him to warrant keeping him around for the rest of the rebuild.

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