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Why don't NFL games get cancelled because of bad weather while MLB games do?


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Safety, mainly

In as much as football players are beating the crap out of each other, there is little added risk of injury in inclement weather. Baseball, contrariwise, is not a contact sport, and the risk of injury goes up considerably in bad weather.

It is also a long tradition in American football that it is played in "the elements". Snow, ice, fog, torrential rain - do not stop football games unless it hinders the ability for the game to be accurately called such as the case with foggy games, or if there is significant risk to players and fans such as a severe thunderstorm or hail.