January 27, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says state open to pro sports teams (ESPN)


Florida’s Ron DeSantis became the second governor to announce that his state is open to professional sports teams that want to resume activity.

“All professional sports are welcome here for practicing and for playing,” DeSantis said at a news conference Wednesday in Tallahassee. “What I would tell commissioners of leagues is, if you have a team in an area where they just won’t let them operate, we’ll find a place for you here in the state of Florida.”

On Tuesday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced that professional sports including MLB, the NBA, the NHL and the NFL may resume in the state — without fans — on Saturday, as long as CDC guidelines are followed.

Last month, Florida’s DeSantis had deemed sports “essential services,” allowing WWE and UFC events to take place in the state without fans. He is now extending that to baseball, soccer and basketball.

DeSantis launched a “Phase 1” plan to reopen the state on May 11 for all counties not including Miami-Dade and Broward. Those two counties will open on May 18.

The Miami Heat reopened their facility Wednesday for players to undergo voluntary, individual workouts. No more than four players can participate there at a time.

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