New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urges pro sports teams to resume play without fans

New York Governor Andrew said Monday that professional sports teams should start planning to resume play without fans and the state will assist them in doing so. Cuomo, speaking at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, said he was personally eager to watch the Bills play.

“New York state will help those major sport franchises to do just that,” Cuomo said. “Hockey, basketball, baseball, football, whoever can reopen we’re a ready, willing and able partner.”

Cuomo spoke Monday as the state continued to see a decline in coronavirus-related deaths. He said even if pro games have no fans present, they could be televised. 

“I think this is in the best interest of all the people and in the best interest in the state of New York,” Cuomo said. To emphasize the point, Cuomo gave a shout out to his favorite team, the Buffalo Bills, while displaying a slide showing the team’s logo.  

On Sunday,  Como said “nobody” should be prosecuted for the those who died, noting that “older people” were most vulnerable. The governor has been criticized for a decision in March, which has since been reversed, to send patients back to nursing homes after they tested positive for COVID-19.

More than 4,800 people died from COVID-19 in nursing homes in the state between March 1 and May 1, according to a tally released by the Cuomo administration on May 1. Cuomo has called nursing homes a “feeding frenzy” for the coronavirus.

Caroline Linton contributed to this report.

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