New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asks for professional sports to return to state without fans at stadiums
The only parts of New York that have been reopened thus far are in the upstate and central parts of the state
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that he's asked professional sports teams to begin planning to play in the state again. Cuomo added that New York is ready for such a return without fans in attendance.
"New York state will help those major sport franchises to do just that," Cuomo said during his daily press conference . "Hockey, basketball, baseball, football, whoever can reopen we're a ready, willing and able partner."
Cuomo added that he wants the professional sporting events to be televised once they do return.
"I think this is in the best interest of all the people and in the best interest in the state of New York," he said.
Last week, MLB owners . The proposal outlines an 82-game schedule beginning in early July with 30-player active rosters, 14 playoff teams and a 50-50 revenue split for players and owners.
The players' union has yet to agree to the proposal, and multiple players have said they are not on board with the new revenue split plan. Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell was among the most outspoken regarding the proposal. He said he would if the league were to return.
The NBA and NHL are still deciding if they want to finish their 2019-20 seasons, both which have been paused since mid-March. The NFL held its league draft in a virtual manner last month and recently released its schedule for the 2020 season. It's unclear whether the NFL will be able to begin the campaign on time this fall, however.
New York continues to work toward reopening parts of the state in phases. The only parts of New York that have been reopened thus far are in the upstate and central parts of the state. Meanwhile, New York City has met only three of the seven criteria that are required for reopening the five boroughs.
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