NJ Governor Phil Murphy Allows Pro Sports Teams in State to Open Facilities

John Healy
May 26, 2020 - 10:04 am

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has followed Andrew Cuomo’s lead in New York and is allowing professional sports teams to train and return to competition in the state.

This means that the Jets and Giants, both headquartered in New Jersey, are now able to return to their facilities and play games – which would not be until August the earliest with preseason – as long as they adhere to the NFL’s guidelines and follow the necessary health protocols.

A Jets spokesman told multiple reporters that the franchise is working closely with the governor’s office and league office, and will use a phased approach to reopen the facilities.

The Philadelphia Sixers and Philadelphia Flyers are also eligible to return to their respective training facilities in the state, too.

The Sixers train in Camden, NJ and can choose to begin practicing there as the NBA eyes a July return at a central location in Orlando, while the Flyers -- who train in Voorhees, NJ -- can also make the same decision to return to the ice once cleared by the NHL.

The NHL is expected to return under a 24-team playoff format, so the New Jersey Devils -- one of the league's worst teams this season -- will likely not be impacted by the governor's decision as their season appears to be over.

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