With Hurricane Matthew about to strike Florida, NFL working on contingency plans

Shalise Manza Young
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With potentially historic Hurricane Matthew bearing down on Florida’s east coast, everything on the schedule for the next few days is likely going to be impacted (heck, even Walt Disney World will be closed on Friday in anticipation of the storm, just the fourth time it’s closed for a day).

No decision has been made yet on the Dolphins-Titans game, but Roger Goodell and NFL officials are in contact with Miami-area authorities (AP)
No decision has been made yet on the Dolphins-Titans game, but Roger Goodell and NFL officials are in contact with Miami-area authorities (AP)

That includes NFL games.

There are two games on the Week 5 slate that could be impacted by Matthew: Sunday afternoon’s Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins game, and Monday night’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers matchup.

To that end, the NFL released a statement on Thursday evening, saying it is working with authorities in the Miami and Charlotte areas, and developing contingency plans in case they’re needed:


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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that commissioner Roger Goodell met with league officials on Thursday to work on the planning, but no decision will be made until Friday at the earliest.

The University of Florida has already postponed its game with Louisiana State, which was to be played Saturday in Gainesville.

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