New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has joined the ranks of politicians urging sports to come back to their states. New York has been the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. with more than 360,000 of the nation’s 1.53 million cases, but Cuomo is tired of watching classic games.
Regions of New York have begun to open up, though New York City remains largely on lockdown. The governor couched his statements with the assumption leagues and teams could financially support games without fans.
“If they can make the numbers work, I say great,” Cuomo said. “They have to make that decision but anyway we can help we would help and then we can be up and running and then when we can fill a stadium again we can fill a stadium.”
Cuomo’s openness to the industry comes on the heels of the first two states to fully open back up to sports: Florida and Arizona. Cuomo’s remarks may have inspired California Gov. and sports skeptic Gavin Newsom, who also said yesterday that sports could return as soon as June in his state.
President Donald Trump again rallied excitement for the return of fans as he called into the NBC broadcast of a charity skins match this weekend between pro golfers Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff. “We want to get it back to where it was, we want big, big stadiums loaded with people,” Trump said.