Irma’s track and timing could impact not only millions of residents in Florida and possibly along the U.S. East Coast but also Sunday’s NFL regular season opener between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the host Miami Dolphins.
In 2014, a game between the Bills and Jets was moved from Buffalo to Detroit after a significant snowstorm hit Western New York.
There are a number of issues at play, including whether the 1,000-plus game-day employees and police can make the switch if the game will be moved.
Dolphins Coach Adam Gase seemed unconcerned Monday about the prospect of moving the game up a few days.
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday morning that the NFL has yet to make a decision but provided his best guess as to what the Bucs think will happen:
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