Gov. Murphy gives OK for pro sports to resume in New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy has given the OK for professional sports to resume in New Jersey.

News 12 Staff

May 26, 2020, 3:47 PM

Updated 1,428 days ago

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Gov. Murphy gives OK for pro sports to resume in New Jersey
Gov. Phil Murphy has given the OK for professional sports to resume in New Jersey. The governor made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter.
“Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition – if their leagues choose to move in that direction,” Murphy wrote. “We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel.”
Major league sports teams that practice and play in New Jersey include the New York Jets and Giants, New Jersey Devils and New York Red Bulls. A variety of minor league professional sports teams also play in the Garden State.
The NFL’s preseason and training camps wouldn’t begin until midsummer — teams are doing virtual workouts in place of the usual on-field activities because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A Jets spokesman said: “We are working closely with Gov. Murphy’s office, the league and our medical staff to establish prudent, health and safety measures for our staff and players. Based on those guidelines, we will begin to open our facility using a phased approach at a time that is the most practical for our operations.”
The Giants echoed those sentiments and said: “With today’s announcement by the governor, we are finalizing our plans to reopen the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. We will continue to have as many employees as possible working remotely. For employees who need to return to work at our facility, we expect to begin that process next week, and we will do so in a systematic and safe way that adheres to the state’s guidelines and NFL protocols.”
The NHL announced on Tuesday that it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 if it is able to resume play.
Commissioner Gary Bettman said the decision is not a guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association must still figure out health and safety protocols and solve other issues, including where to play.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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