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N.J. Gov. clears pro teams to 'take step forward'

Field Level Media
27 May 2020, 06:19 GMT+10

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday cleared the way for pro sports to return to the state.

"Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition - if their leagues choose to move in that direction. We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel," Murphy said via Twitter.

The New Jersey Devils are cleared to practice immediately, Taylor said, as are professional soccer franchises the New York Red Bulls and Sky Blue FC. All three teams can practice and play games as prescribed by their league, but fans are not permitted.

The New York Giants and New York Jets are scheduled to report to training camp in late July. Both teams train and play their games in New Jersey.

"Where professional teams are concerned, with the facilities and resources they have to meet the demands of public health, we felt we could take that step forward," Murphy said.

The NBA's Brooklyn Nets are expected to learn more about their immediate fate this week. The NBA's Board of Governors is meeting Friday to discuss proposals related to playing games in Orlando starting in July.

New Jersey, like New York state, has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. As of Tuesday morning, Murphy said New Jersey had 155,764 cases and 11,191 deaths related to COVID-19, with 703 new cases and 54 deaths since Monday.

--Field Level Media

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