In what has been a year of uncertainty, apprehension, controversy and indeed downright fear to date, the GAA authorities have been forced to take a series of decisions relevant to the coronavirus threat - the majority of which have met with the approval of players and officials alike.
Right now, the Central Competitions Control Committee is understood to be considering staging the two outstanding rounds of the Allianz Football League when inter-county action resumes in October.
And should this come to fruition, then nowhere will the decision be more enthusiastically embraced than in Ulster.
With five counties - Armagh, Cavan, Down, Derry and Antrim - still having their sights trained on promotion, the opportunity to gain enhanced status would undoubtedly be viewed as the perfect pre-Championship aperitif.
Armagh and Cavan still see Division One as an attainable target and Down can reasonably expect to flourish against Leitrim and Louth in their remaining games and thus copper-fasten their passage into Division Two, but Derry may require a huge rub of the green to take the same step.
Antrim, meanwhile, are aware that Wicklow and Waterford will provide a further examination of their credentials as they focus on a move up to Division Three.
On the other side of the coin, Donegal and Monaghan are not altogether assured of retaining their slots in Division One next year while Fermanagh must win huge tests against Laois and Clare if they are to have a chance of remaining in Division Two.
Armagh assistant manager Jim McCorry maintained: "You could not ask for better Championship preparation than two meaningful back-to-back games.
"No team can feel really comfortable until they are mathematically certain of going up and I think the league presents a fascinating scenario.
"Everyone knows that the hunt for promotion places is absolutely intense and even though the league had to be prematurely halted because of the coronavirus, I think teams will re-enter with even greater intensity.
"As things stand we are due to meet Derry in the Ulster Championship at Celtic Park and I can think of no better preparation than meeting Roscommon and Clare in the league. We know for sure that both of these sides will ask big questions of us if the games are given the green light."
Not only are teams such as Derry and Down keen to earn promotion as it will offer them a higher level of league action next year but it will also secure involvement in the 2021 All-Ireland Championship proper.
Teams that find themselves consigned to Divisions Three and Four will know before the end of this year that next term will see them participate in the secondary Tailteann Cup competition.
While there is still considerable conjecture about a time frame that might allow two rounds of the league, the provincial Championships and the All-Ireland semi-finals and final to be played between October and the end of the year, McCorry is among those keeping their fingers crossed that the final quarter of the year will see the GAA's flagship competitions flourish.
"While we always associate the Championship with the sunshine, we might have to familiarise ourselves with a rather different backdrop," he said.
"But the fact of the matter is that in terms of both the league and Championship, the competitions are still the same and teams will be going flat out to get onto the winners' rostrum."