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Countdown to the NFL season: 100 days

NFL Pro Bowl Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

The past few months have been a unique time for most, to say the very least, but as the calendar slowly advances, the arrival of the NFL season is creeping ever closer. From the time the final gun sounded in the San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, there were 221 days until the next meaningful NFL game, and 121 of those days have now passed. That of course means one thing.

Obviously sports starved fans across the country will be tuning in to what is one of the most watched broadcasts of the year, even during normal times. However, given that the MLB season has yet to start and the NBA and NHL have been on pause since March, the return of the NFL could be a ratings bonanza. The NFL Draft in April produced record ratings, and with TV contracts up for bidding soon, the NFL is likely to do whatever it can to drive the price of those contracts up as high as it can.

Astute readers will, of course, quickly realize that while the NFL season is now just 100 days away, the Seattle Seahawks have an extra three days until their scheduled season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. However, given that under the new collective bargaining agreement teams are allowed to report to training camp 47 days prior to their season opener, it’s likely that many fans will set their countdown to 56 days, which is eight weeks from Tuesday.

So, in summary, there are

  • 103 days until the Seahawks face the Falcons in Week 1 of the regular season (9/13),
  • 72 days until the Seahawks play the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 1 of the preseason (8/13) and
  • 56 days (approximately) until the Seahawks report to training camp (7/28).

Now we just have to make it there.