## ## Ron DeSantis is welcoming the Yankees
This won’t go down easy.
The Yankees, Giants and Jets have a standing invitation to become reverse snowbirds and flock south to Florida this spring and summer.
That’s right. The Sunshine State, which has openly defied social distancing guidelines throughout the coronavirus pandemic, wants to lay claim to the baseball and football teams New Jersey residents hold near and dear.
In his quest to make Florida the post coronavirus sports mecca, Gov. Ron DeSantis declared his state open for business to any sports team needing a home.
“If you have a team . in an area that just won’t operate, we’ll find a place for them here in Florida,” DeSantis said, per the Tampa Bay Times.
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Florida is leading the way in the coronavirus era of athletics. It has already hosted WWE and UFC matches this month. Major League Baseball is considering using spring training facilities as it returns amid the COVID 19 crisis. The NBA is looking at Walt Disney World in Orlando as a potential site (along with Las Vegas, Nev.) to resume its season.
And don’t forget about the NFL. reported this week “a number of teams are already deep into exploring out of state training camp sites.” That includes the Giants, who are preparing contingency plans of their own for a scenario where the team is forced to relocate training camp from the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford to a remote location in another state.
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The logistics of that possibility are complicated, making it unlikely at this stage, but it’s something the Giants are at least looking into as they continue to conduct business remotely and away from their facility.
“The first thing we talk about in all these conversations is are we 100% certain the players are gonna remain healthy or we’re not putting anybody at risk,” head coach Joe Judge said on a Tuesday video conference call with reporters. “I’d have a tough time right now asking a player to fly across the country from California (to New Jersey) when I probably wouldn’t be the first one most willing to throw my two sons on the plane to go the other way. So when we talk about this, we have to consider the big picture of what’s going on.”
Judge indicated on Tuesday that the Giants’ operations department is looking “around the country.”
“Our Ops department is doing a great job right now mapping out a lot of different scenarios in terms of if for some reason we have to relocate,” Judge said. “We’re planning for a lot of hypotheticals to make sure if they come up, we’re not caught by surprise.”
(NJ Advance Media’s Zack Rosenblatt contributed to this report.)
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