Florida deems pro sports ‘essential’ during pandemic
The NFL is hopeful that the regular season will begin on time, but that could be subject to change due to the coronavirus. As it pertains to the NFL, the state of Florida has deemed professional sports ‘essential’ during the current pandemic.
In recent weeks, states have begun closing down businesses that aren’t deemed essential. Nearly a week ago, Jared Moskowitz — Florida’s coordinating officer — sent out a memo to inform people what businesses are essential. Of the businesses listed, any professional athlete or entertainer could partake in their profession, as long as it takes place without a crowd.
Therefore, the WWE was able to air Monday Night Raw on Monday night. In addition, Florida’s ruling could provide a glimpse of what other states could do in the near future.
For the NFL, the regular season doesn’t begin until September 10. Provided that, the league has plenty of time to gather information and see how the coronavirus situation plays out.
While Florida made an executive decision to continue professional sports, the NFL has manufactured a virtual offseason program for all 32 teams. Of course, the plan is for teams to return to their facilities as soon as possible.
But if one team’s state doesn’t allow them to return to their facility, then all 32 teams must wait. This will allow the NFL to maintain a level playing field for offseason programs and possibly training camps.
Some sports leagues have been discussing solutions on how they can continue their seasons. Amid Florida’s ruling on professional sports being essential, leagues could turn to Florida as a possible location to play games.