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As you’re surely observing these days, the country is opening up in different regions at different paces. Part of this is due to how much exposure those areas have had to coronavirus and part of it is tolerance for risk vs. weighing economic impact. New York and California have appeared to be two of the states that would be later than sooner, but all of a sudden we got some good news today from their governors Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom about live sports.
First Cuomo encouraged the state’s pro sports teams to plan reopenings without fans:
NY Gov. Cuomo says he has encouraged major sports teams in the state to plan on playing without fans; says the state will assist in planning. pic.twitter.com/uErySbbtUH
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 18, 2020
Then Newsom said that early June is possible barring setbacks:
Governor Gavin Newsom says professional sports in the state of California “in the first week or so of June, without spectators…can begin to move forward.” pic.twitter.com/GiC7EklXlD
— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) May 18, 2020
While this hasn’t exactly been their rhetoric up to now, this can only be interpreted as a good sign for the return of live sports. Let’s hope we are sitting here a month today absolutely chomping at the bit for the imminent return of NBA and MLB.