TAMPA — (Wire Service Report) – Hurricane Matthew continues to impact not only the state of Florida but also its football teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are scheduled to play Monday night in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers, weather permitting.
The NFL released a statement Thursday afternoon saying it was “conducting contingency planning” for the Bucs-Panthers game, as well as Sunday’s scheduled game between the Titans and Dolphins in Miami, more directly in the path of the hurricane.
“We are in close contact with local and state authorities about the hurricane,” the statement said. “As always, our overriding concern is for public safety and not doing anything that will divert important resources away from communities that may be in distress. Consistent with that, we are conducting contingency planning for the Tennessee at Miami game as well as the Tampa Bay at Carolina game.”
The hurricane is expected to move north along Florida’s shoreline, then track east into the Atlantic, but those are just tracking models. Charlotte is fairly inland compared to the hurricane’s projected path, but the NFL will continue to monitor the storm.