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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Advises Professional Sports Teams to Resume Games Without Fans; A Bid to Boost Sports Business

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has given the green light to pro-sports teams to resume their play amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.

During his daily briefing on Monday, Cuomo said that he has been encouraging the sports teams to plan re-opening without fans. 

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

Later on, he also tweeted that the state is supportive if professional sports teams can make it work on their end.

The sports business had been generating more than $71 billion annually before the current coronavirus pandemic hit.

As the whole country came to a lockdown, no sports events took place, which severely impacted the sports business.

The sports networks or broadcasters could be losing $1 billion in advertising revenue due to this pandemic, according to the New York advertising company Media Radar.

The pandemic has also crushed the sports-gambling industry.

In a bid to tackle this, a few states such as Arizona and Florida, have recently announced that they are open to let professional sports team resume their activity without fans.

"All professional sports are welcome here for practicing and for playing," said Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis last week at a news conference. "What I would tell commissioners of leagues is, if you have a team in an area where they just won't let them operate, we'll find a place for you here in the state of Florida."

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