Podcast: The NFL’s goal-line stand against COVID-19

Packed stadiums. Hard-fought games. Boisterous, mostly maskless fans. The National Football League kicked off its season this past weekend almost as if the coronavirus had never existed. But it didn’t get to this point by ignoring the pandemic — far from it. With careful planning and close attention to who in the league was getting sick, the NFL helped advance science and show us all how to live in a world with COVID-19.

Today, as the 2021 football season begins, we delve into the NFL’s coronavirus experiment: its successes, its failures and lessons for the rest of us.


Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times NFL reporter Sam Farmer

More reading:

The NFL had a secret COVID-19 plan. Here’s why the league didn’t need it

Five things we learned from behind-the-scenes look at the NFL’s COVID-19 season in 2020

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