6:45 LRN Sportscast June 26

It’s still unknown how many NFL fans will be allowed inside stadiums this year, but the league has made the decision to prohibit anyone from sitting in the first eight rows. The Saints say they are already in the process of working with affected season-ticket holders. NBC Sports reports the NFL will sell advertising on the lower rows of seats this season.

NFL owners held a virtual meeting yesterday and they are still planning for training camp to start in late July. But the Hall of Fame Game between the Steelers and Cowboys on August sixth in Canton, Ohio has been canceled. The 2020 Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies have been postponed to 2021.

Saints Safety Malcolm Jenkins calls the NFL a nonessential business and he’s not comfortable playing until the coronavirus risk is eliminated. Jenkins made his comments on CNN where he is now a paid contributor.

Ragin Cajuns athletics director Bryan Maggard has reportedly received a five-year contract extension. He’s been the school’s AD since 2017 and during that time he’s seen coach Billy Napier bring the football program to new heights. He’s also had to deal with the untimely death of baseball coach Tony Robichaux and now the coronavirus pandemic.

ULM has announced football coach Matt Viator has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him on the Warhawk sidelines through the 2022 season. The extension reportedly does not come with a raise in pay. The USA Today reports that Viator’s base salary is 390-thousand dollars and he can receive 50-thousand dollars in bonuses.

Bethune-Cookman is leaving the MEAC and they’ll join the SWAC, giving the Southwestern Athletic Conference 12 schools. It’s also the second school from Florida to join the SWAC in the last month. Florida A-and-M is also leaving the MEAC from the SWAC. Both schools will join the SWAC for the 2021-22 sports season.