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President Trump says sports will return without fans; Florida Governor has talked to NASCAR about running at Daytona UPDATE

UPDATE: The Mayor of Homestead Florida says they would welcome the opportunity to host a race, with or without fans.


ORIGINAL POST 4-18-2020: The Trump Administration released its guidelines for “Opening Up America Again” on Thursday with a series of steps to enable citizens to return to work alongside normalized social activity. The president also spoke about the potential return of live sports, which have been on hold since the NBA postponed its season on March 12.

Asked about where sports fit within the guidelines, Trump said, “many of them are going to be starting without the fans, so it’ll be ‘made for television’- the good old days,” indicating that would be played and broadcast before fans are allowed to attend events in person.

“Ultimately, we want to have packed arenas- when the virus is gone, we’re going to have packed arenas,” Trump said while taking questions during a White House coronavirus task force press briefing. “We’re going to be back to enjoying sports the way they’re supposed to be,” Trump said, without giving a specific date or league that might be first.

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AND: Gov. Ron DeSantis is assembling a team to determine when and how the state can start to reopen after massive economic damage from the novel coronavirus, as influential business groups push for a restart.

DeSantis is expected to have a task force in place by the end of the week amid shuttered businesses and unemployment numbers that continue to spike in Florida and across the nation.

DeSantis also noted his support for holding televised sporting events in empty stadiums in Florida, pointing to a discussion with NASCAR Vice Chair Lesa Kennedy, who was among a list of sports commissioners and team owners named to Trump’s advisory committee.

“I mentioned NASCAR, I talked to Lesa Kennedy, I want them to race,” DeSantis said. “I think the public would like to see — it’s going to be on TV. I understand you’re not going to fill up Daytona Speedway right now. I’m not suggesting you do, but I think if there’s content that can be created, I think that that’s a good thing. Even Dr. (Anthony) Fauci said, televised sports is a positive thing.”