The Jacksonville Jaguars might not be travelling very much for the 2020 NFL season.
Governor Ron DeSantis said on Wednesday that Florida would be open to serving as a host to professional sports teams from other states who may be locked out from playing in their respective cities and states due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NEW: Pro sports teams from any city are welcome to play in Florida, Gov. DeSantis says.— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) May 13, 2020
“We know that it can be done safely,” the governor says. pic.twitter.com/oQBZsgKV0j
“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,” DeSantis said in a press conference.
While baseball and basketball are the sports that could transition right away to playing in states with looser lock down protocols, football will likely face a similar challenge as we head into the summer. California has already said that state university campuses are closed through the fall semester and New York isn’t budging anytime soon.
That means Florida could play host to a lot more football games than they’re used to.
“We want to have you here,” DeSantis said in his closing.