"Starting today, all the New York professional
sports leagues will be able to begin training camps," Cuomo said
during a news conference at Jones Beach on Long Island.
"I believe that sports that can come back without having people
in the stadium, without having people in the arena -- do it! Do
The coronavirus hit New York the hardest of all states, with
more than 360,000 cases and nearly 29,000 deaths reported, but
deaths and new infections have been trending downward.
New York serves as the home to several professional sports
teams, with two in the NBA (Knicks, Nets), one in the WNBA
(Liberty), three in the NHL (Rangers, Islanders, Sabres), two in
Major League Baseball (Yankees, Mets) and two in Major League
Soccer (Red Bulls, NYCFC). The NFL's Buffalo Bills also reside
in the Empire State, while the New York Giants and Jets
technically are headquartered in New Jersey.
MLB, NBA and NHL are all working on plans to start or resume
their respective seasons.
"Work out the economics, if you can. We want you up. We want
people to be able to watch sports," Cuomo said. "To the extent
people are still staying home, it gives people something to do.
It's a return to normalcy. So we are working and encouraging all
sports teams to start their training camps as soon as possible.
And we'll work with them to make sure that can happen."
--Field Level Media
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