University of Florida offers to host pro sports teams

DeSantis opens up Florida for sports to resume

Florida welcomes sports teams as coronavirus pauses wind down, Gov. Ron DeSantis says

DeSantis appeared on the TV show "Fox and Friends" early Thursday morning and suggested that it could be a possibility.

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The state of Florida deemed professional sports to be an essential activity some time ago and Governor Ron DeSantis said on Wednesday that the state would welcome teams from other areas where things have not opened up in the same way.

The NBA, NHL and MLS were interrupted because of the pandemic and are trying to formula plans to finish their seasons.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is willing to be a restart site for professional sports leagues, just like Arizona, when play resumes following shutdowns caused by the new coronavirus.

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"All professional sports are welcome here for practicing and for playing", DeSantis said. "When those groups believe it's safe to host college and pro sporting events in Florida, we will be prepared to do so". The UFC has already held a pair of events at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, and a third will occur at the same venue this coming Saturday evening.

Given the number of unknowns surrounding the reopening of professional sports leagues and all the work those leagues are doing to understand the risks of resuming play, DeSantis' assertion that "we know it can be done safely" seems somewhat dubious.

This is the third step in Phase 1 of the governor's reopening plan. "It's an iconic stadium and I think we would want to be very careful if we could".

"We want to have you here", DeSantis added.

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