Other governors, such as California’s Gavin Newsom, have been more reluctant to bring sports back, fearing future outbreaks of the coronavirus. The larger a gathering is, the greater the chance there is for transmission of the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised.
DeSantis said if commissioners run into trouble elsewhere in the country, even out-of-state teams would be welcome in Florida.
“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.
“As a team that both trains and resides in Florida, we appreciate Governor DeSantis’ sentiments,” the Tampa Bay Rays said in a statement Wednesday. “We look forward to when we safely resume activity.”
The National Basketball Association, which also has two Florida teams, has been talking about restarting its season for weeks. One possibility that’s been floated by the league would have teams meeting for games at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. A restart to the season would mean regular coronavirus testing for players, ESPN reported.
For its part, Major League Soccer has also discussed playing its season at the Disney campus, the Washington Post reported this week.
DeSantis on Wednesday had two words for that league’s reported proposal.
“Do it,” the governor said.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. Times staff writers Diana C. Nearhos and Marc Topkin contributed to this report.