AP sources: NFL cancels Hall of Fame game, delays inductions

NFL
FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2015, file photo, a visitor to the Pro Football Hall of Fame pauses to take a photo of the sign in front in Canton, Ohio. The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies because of the coronavirus pandemic, two people with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday, June 25, 2020. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been publicly announced, though an announcement is expected later Thursday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

By BARRY WILNER, the Associated Press

The NFL has canceled the Hall of Fame game that traditionally opens the preseason and is delaying the 2020 induction ceremonies due to the coronvirus pandemic, according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been publicly announced, though an announcement is expected later Thursday. The Aug. 6 exhibition game between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers is the first on-field event the league has canceled during the pandemic. Ten men were scheduled to be enshrined in the Canton, Ohio, hall on Aug. 8. The hall has an increased class of 20 this year in commemoration of the NFL’s centennial.