BREAKING: Sports can resume immediately in NYS

Today, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all professional sports are cleared to begin training and practicing in New York. It will go into effect immediately and include Buffalo area teams.

This is a big announcement, and it’s the first step to games returning. Right now, the NBA, NHL, and MLB are working on restart plans, and this allows teams to be able to practice at home if they choose to.

“Starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps” said the governor on Sunday. “I believe that sports that can come back without having people in the stadium, without having people in the arena–do it.”

The MLB is planning to plan an 82-game schedule in home ballparks if an economic plan is agreed upon. The NBA is zeroing in on Disney World to resume their season, while the NHL is looking at multiple cities to play.

“Work out the economics if you can. We want you up. We want people to be able to watch sports. 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.”

Cuomo also stated that he is very open to making the games accessible to all fans.

“The games could be televised. New York State will help those major sports franchises to do just that,” said Cuomo. “Hockey, basketball, baseball, football–whoever can reopen–we’re a ready, willing, and able partner.”

This is a big step in the right direction for a return to sports. Now, it’s up to the individual leagues to make agreements with their players and teams.

Governor Cuomo Talks Baseball/Mets with His Brother Chris

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Originally hailing from Queens, it shouldn’t surprise any that New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, is a New York Mets fan. Utilizing that common knowledge, the governor, in his interviews with his brother, CNN’s Chris Cuomo, brought up his conversations with one of the Wilpon’s.

Why the Testing Isn’t the Wilpon’s Biggest Complaint

There are still plenty of ideas about how to restart the baseball season when MLB decides to restart the baseball. Dr. Fauci stressed that the Arizona idea was plausible, only if the stipulations of no fans in the stands, all teams and essential personnel are sequestered in a hotel room, and everyone is tested regularly are met. Well, with the 26 men on the roster, if we have a 4 month season where each player is tested only once a week, that’s over 12,000 tests. If you were to look at the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US (700 thousand plus), and the US population (over 300 million), and the first case was recorded in January, there isn’t a lot of tests available.

That’s not Jeff Wilpon’s biggest concern, according to the governor.

“Apparently Major League Baseball would have to make a deal with the players,” Cuomo said, essentially breaking MLB news and cutting out the usual “sources close to the owner” rigmarole that the Wilpons usually use to get their message out. “If you have no one in the stands, then the numbers are gonna change, right? The economics are gonna change.

“But if Major League Baseball and the players could come to an agreement on how to adjust the economics for that reality, that would be a good thing. We have to start to move to normalcy, and people have to start to see some hope and light.”

In the time of a global pandemic, where everyone, INCLUDING athletes, are financially struggling, leaves it to the Wilpon’s to be more concerned about how much money they’re making and losing during the crisis.

New York Mets: Governor Cuomo says Jeff Wilpon is Open to Playing Season

With all sports at a standstill, it is good to hear any type of news related to baseball. Los Angeles Mayor, Gary Garcetti, said having no live sports until 2021 is possible, Governor Andrew Cuomo had a different take. On his brother’s, Chris Cuomo, CNN program, Andrew spoke of a conversation he had with New York Mets owner Jeff Wilpon.

Wilpon said he would be open to playing in an empty stadium but at the cost of players taking a pay cut. Immediately this brings up the typical cheap comments about Wilpon, but he is not alone here. Most owners throughout sports are going to see an economic loss. Even when fans are allowed to congregate in stadiums, attendance will very slowly work its way back up.

Bring Back Some Type of Sport

Cuomo made it very clear that he wants sports brought back this year. What Wilpon told Cuomo is only a thought during a phone call. A lot more has to be drawn up before any of this takes place.

MLB’s CBA expires following the 2021 season, and forcing players to play with reduced salaries will make negotiations tougher. Tony Clark and Rob Manfred are also poor at their jobs as union rep and commissioner, respectively. All of this combined makes the situation of players taking pay cuts to play in empty stadiums an unlikely case.

On top of that is the uncertainty of the Coronavirus. The timeline is very uncertain, and the ramped-up social distancing does not help baseball’s cause.

Andrew Cuomo asks Jeff Wilpon: Why Can’t You Play Games Without Fans?

Major League Baseball, like most aspects of American life these days, is shutdown indefinitely. When it will ramp back up and begin the 2020 season is still unknown. In the beginning of spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, Baseball instituted a two-week delay. Then, they shut down operations altogether.

One workaround option is to play the games in empty stadiums.  New York governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking on his brother Chris’ nightly CNN program said he posed the question to New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon.

“I said why can’t we talk about a baseball season with nobody in the stands? Why can’t you play the game with the players,” Cuomo said “CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” Wednesday. “I think it would be good for the country. I think it would be good for people to have something to watch and do. To fight cabin fever. I think it’s something I’m going to pursue.”

This is coming from a man who is the champion of social distancing and is leading the resistance of the returning to normalcy campaign being promoted by President Donald Trump. New York is the global epicenter of the pandemic and now are instituting an initiative making masks mandatory in areas where social distancing is difficult to achieve.

“Apparently Major League Baseball would have to make a deal with the players because if you have no one in the stands, then the numbers are going to change, right?” Cuomo asked. “The economics are going to change. But if Major League Baseball and the players could come into an agreement on how to adjust the economics for that reality, I think that would be a good thing. You know we have to start to move to normalcy and people have to see some sort of hope and light.”

Cuomo didn’t provide the answer – if any – that Wilpon gave him.

Playing the games without fans is one option the table. So is the ridiculous plan of have all 30 MLB teams begin the season in Arizona to cut down on travel. Neither is likely to happen but talk is ramping up.

If Cuomo is loosening his stance, that could mean the beginning of restrictions being lifted sooner rather than later. Many experts believe New York will not be able to open things up until the summer given the density of the COVID-19 cases.

We’re all hoping there will be a baseball season in 2020 but things would have to normalize in general for that to happen.