NFL: Bucs-Dolphins game won't be played in Miami on Sunday

With the storm staying on a path to directly impact Florida, the league is likely choosing between three options.

Hurricane Irma has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm with winds of 175 miles per hour. [NOAA via AP]
Hurricane Irma has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm with winds of 175 miles per hour. [NOAA via AP]
Published September 5 2017
Updated September 6 2017

With Hurricane Irma upgraded to a Category 5 storm, the NFL announced that the Bucs' game against the Dolphins, scheduled for 1 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, will not be played in Miami this week.

"In the interest of public safety in light of the current state of emergency, the NFL, in consultation with state and local officials as well as both clubs, has decided that playing an NFL game in South Florida this week is not appropriate," the NFL said in a statement.

The NFL said it is considering other options, including moving the game to a neutral site farther from the storm's path or rescheduling the game for Week 11 in November, when both the Bucs and Dolphins have bye weeks.

Shifting the game to November would mean both teams playing games on 16 straight weekends, which presents a competitive disadvantage. Also, the Bucs would face three straight games on the road — at Miami, at Atlanta and at Green Bay.

Orlando and Jacksonville would be available as neutral sites to host the game this weekend if it were deemed unsafe to keep any major event in Miami with a major storm approaching.

Tampa Sports Authority says it has not been contacted by the NFL about the possibility of using Raymond James Stadium to host the game. A Jaguars spokesman said Jacksonville has not heard from the league, either.

Florida Citrus Sports said it can't speak to whether Orlando has been contacted.




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