While the National Football League played every game in the 2020 season and finished the season on time, the pandemic severely curtailed the league’s income due to very few fans attending the game.

With the big decrease in fans, there was also a major drop in revenues that had the league believing the salary cap for the 2021 season would decrease by a significant amount. The NFL and Players Association believed the salary cap would be set at $175 million; down from the $198 million in 2020.

However, the NFL has tweaked the estimate with an increase to $180 million per team.

During the 2019 NFL season 17 million fans watched their favourite teams live. Due to the pandemic, that number dropped to just 1.2 million in the 2020 season.

Just 13 of the 30 NFL teams allowed a limited number of fans in the stands during the season as they worked to comply with health and government officials to quell the spread of the Covid-19 virus.