California governor “not anticipating” football in full stadiums this year

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California Governor Gavin Newsom thinks his state is more than five months away from being ready to pack tens of thousands of people into a stadium.

Newsom said today that California’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic is unlikely to have made sufficient progress for the football season to be played as normal.

I’m not anticipating that happening in this state,” Newsom said, via “We’ve all seen the headlines over the last couple days in Asia where they opening up certain businesses and now they’re starting to roll back those openings because they’re starting seeing some spread and there’s a boomerang. One has to be very cautious here, one has to be careful not to overpromise.”

Newsom said he’d rather be safe than sorry when it comes to allowing major sporting events to happen in his state.

“I would move very cautiously in that expectation,” Newsom said. “Our decision on that basis here in the State of California will be determined by the facts, will be determined by the health experts, will be determined by our ability to meet this moment and bend the curve. . . . Right now I’m just focusing on the immediate, but that’s not something I anticipate happening in the next few months.”

Newsom sounds less optimistic than President Trump, who said he’s hoping to have fans in stadiums again by August or September. The reality is, no one knows in April what the situation is going to be in August. But at the moment, it’s hard to be optimistic.

24 responses to “California governor “not anticipating” football in full stadiums this year

  1. What is most important to wisely consider is a long-term big-picture vision for this country and its people. Any decisions on a micro level that focus on only one aspect of life or society that don’t fit into a comprehensive and cohesive vision will only detract from achieving the best-case scenario end results. The same can be said for every country in the world. This is just one more moment of opportunity for people to choose to work together for the greater good.

  2. They’ll need to close some urinals and toilets for 6 feet of separation.They better close the beer line altogether too.

  3. There wasn’t football in full stadiums in a whole lot of cities for the last 3-4yrs, why would this year be any different?

  4. No one knows. The chloroquine could be the cure, or the claims are just a correlative effect. A vaccine could be developed next week-apparently an immunologist claims he has one- or it could be next year. Why not plan to open and scuttle those plans if needed? What happens if the curve flattens all the way out, most people have been treated and certain governors won’t lift the orders? You going to stay home? Will you join people on the streets defying police?
    The NFL isn’t doing anything else anyway, might as well plan for training camps to open as usual and reevaluate two weeks out.

  5. Already trying to cover for the mistake of those LA moves? ..CV-19 or not, that stadium wont be selling out anytime soon

  6. Well, not in Newsome’s state. Because all the California teams suck.

    And yes, that includes the Niners.

  7. Contrary to what the NFL claims there are several teams like Miami, Cincy, TB, Wash, LAC, and quite a few others can’t even fill half of their stadiums(the camera’s don’t lie) and the number of empty seats grows every year, it looks like the NFL has peaked(as far as attendance goes), I wonder when/if the NFL will admit it or try to do something about it?

    They wanted this to be a rich man’s sport and now they got exactly what they wanted, ENJOY!
    Look’s like they’re going to have to start building smaller, more intimate stadiums if they want to keep charging top dollar!

  8. It’s not topic related but there’s agents who believe there’s building moment for Cinci drafting Herbert. Florio, what are you hearing? This would really shake things up.

  9. @thestrategyexpert

    Exactly what is ‘the greater good’… is it your opinion of the greater good or mine?

    You understand it’s a concept based on perception, and perception has innate bias and flaws associated with it… so… who’s in charge of determining WHAT the greater good even is?

    I think ‘the greater good’ is a debating tool, referencing ethereal authority that magically agrees with one’s point… but that’s just me.

  10. I love the NFL, but I can wait until 2021. I’d rather have people under-promise and over-deliver Fans should have low expectations.

    I also trust Governor Newsom more than President Trump on this issue. California has done a better job of flattening the curve than most states. Michigan has 1/4 our population, but as many infected and double the number of fatalities.

    Florida is the state to watch.

  11. That’s something the raiders were accustomed to throughout their tenure in Oakland.

  12. If Trump said NFL will definitely be cancelled, Newsome would be guaranteeing it starts on time. Newsome is an incompetent Ken doll driving Cali into the ground.

  13. @randomcommentater, if Arnold was the Governor would he do whatever Trump says? There’s some level of realism, political future be darned.

    I think if we’re looking for a governor who may do whatever Trump asks, Florida and their 7+ (including Orlando) college and nfl stadiums is the State to watch if football leagues could play a tournament style season. I’ll let Florio speak to this but a tournament style season is 100% under consideration for the NFL, this suggestion is widely known in the NFL community. The so called tournament would start with a semi finals within the division getting down to 16 teams, there’s no indication how it would evolve but for this 16 games would be played initially.

  14. eCommish says:
    April 4, 2020 at 7:06 pm
    Well, not in Newsome’s state. Because all the California teams suck.

    And yes, that includes the Niners.

    20 46 Rate This


    Let’s examine the lunacy of this comment in a little greater detail….

    Niners 5 SB wins, Also appeared in 2012 and 2019

    Warriors NBA champs 2015, 2017, 2018

    Giants World Series winners 2010, 2012, 2014

    I won’t even bother with the LA teams because I’m with you there… they suck

    Please enlighten all of us as to what state your favorite teams reside and their performance?

  15. It’s easy for the governor to say that when he still has a job and all of his assets haven’t been seized

  16. Most of the country will be fine. We are predominantly talking about two places if everyone does their job over the next month or two by staying home. Of course since we are talking New York and LA that just has the media in that much more of a frenzy. Somehow, all this “empathy” people and media are wanting us to have would be cut in half if the epicenter was in Colorado or something. Whatever. Anyway I can totally see a somewhat normal NFL season with the Giants/Jets and the LA teams having a temporary home for 2020. Maybe the Giants play their home games at Penn St or something. It’s been done before and I can see a couple of teams being displaced for this year. It’s either that or no football at all and it will not be the latter

  17. Ivan pavlov

    Newsom is a damned fool. If he says anything, the opposite is true. Trust NOTHING from him.

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