COVID-19: NYC Quote of the Day 2020-07-28

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, NYS Gov. Cuomo - Major League Baseball: Play in our Stadiums

Major League Baseball is struggling with the challenges of playing ball in the COVID crisis. I thought that it was a very good idea to get sports back without fans, but it would be televised. We want everybody to stay home, don't go to the bar, don't drink. Let's stay home and watch a ball game. But then there has to be a ball game on TV.

Getting spring training for the Yankees and Mets in New York was a big deal. Getting the Blue Jays to play in Buffalo, that's an exciting, big deal. Here's my suggestion: New York State could host any Major League Baseball game that any teams want to play and they could play those games in our stadiums. New York State has one of the lowest infection rates in the United States. New York State has a full Department of Health protocol system in place, we have a testing system in place.

I offer to Major League Baseball, if you're having problems playing in other states, come play here. They could fly their team in on a private aircraft, they could go from the airport to a hotel where they would be quarantined, we would test everyone, we would get the test results back and then they could play ball in our stadium, then they could get on a plane and fly home. So, I offer that to Major League Baseball. I understand every team wants to play in its own city in its own state. But if that's not practicable for any reason, come play here. There's no fans anyway so it's just about the coverage, and New York is the media capital.
Edited for redundancy, grammar, and emphasis
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