According to the Daily Mail, the NFL has scrapped all international games for the upcoming season. This is relevant for the Dolphins as they were slated to return to London or potentially play in Mexico City for the first time. Per a report from November, the international game would take the spot of a home game for Miami, resulting in only 7 games being played at Hard Rock Stadium.
The game seemed to be narrowed down to London, but the opponent had yet to be announced. However, no game will be played abroad as a result of the current global situation. This was to be expected, and with the schedule release still pending, it makes sense that the league announced its intention early.
For local fans as well as the team itself, this is great news. Assuming a season is played (fingers crossed) having a full slate of home games helps a team in more ways than one. Not only does the team get to play in front of a congregation of loving and adoring fans, staying in Miami minimizes travel and a potential disruption during the season.
Although many claim the international games allow a team to bond, having such a young roster may lead to distractions, so playing 8 games at home may be beneficial for Brian Flores in year two.
The loss of international games is just the first of many scheduling changes we can expect under the turbulent circumstances, hopefully, nothing more than a brief delay will transpire, but no one truly knows at this point.