When the regular-season schedule emerged in Might, the proof was hiding in plain sight. If the 49ers couldn’t play video games in their very own stadium because of the pandemic, Arizona made the most sense, on condition that the 49ers and Cardinals by no means play at dwelling on the identical day.
With the 49ers now unable to play at home, Arizona has emerged because the best choice for relocated 49ers video games.
By way of Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona has change into “the most likely option” for the 49ers. An alternative choice can be a stadium in Texas.
An NFL stadium turns into vital to this equation due to the know-how linking every stadium to the league workplace, permitting for real-time replay critiques. The standard of the enjoying floor additionally is a matter; at a time when not each NFL subject is at all times as much as snuff, loads of non-NFL fields can be even worse.
The 49ers probably will arrange a bubble wherever they go, particularly since they received’t be capable to apply in Santa Clara County between video games. At this level, they need to simply head to a resort near wherever they are going to be training and enjoying, and they need to keep there for the remainder of the season.
The NFL Gamers Affiliation probably could have a say on this, if gamers are knowledgeable that their job turns into, as a sensible matter, a 24/7 proposition by way of the tip of the season. Provided that the choice for gamers turns into not enjoying dwelling video games in any respect (and gamers not getting paid for them), the union probably will agree. If, nonetheless, these dramatically modified circumstances end in gamers being away from dwelling for no less than the following 5 weeks, gamers ought to get an opportunity to decide out for the steadiness of the season, giving up the steadiness of their wage however going through no penalties or punishment for strolling away.