Coronavirus update: N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for games without fans in the stands

Coronavirus update: N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for games without fans in the stands
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo thinks sports might be able to return but without fans in the stands.

According to Johns Hopkins University, almost 600,000 cases of the coronavirus have been diagnosed in the U.S. Almost 200,000 are in New York state, with more than 100,000 in the five boroughs.

More than 23,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, with one-third of the victims in New York City.

No one is more familiar with those numbers than New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has been among the leaders in pushing for social distancing to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The sports world hit pause more than a month ago because of COVID-19, with no idea when (or if) the games will resume. When the athletes do return to work, Cuomo told CBS the games should be played without fans in the stands. Per Pro Football Talk:

“I would like to start watching sports. You know, whether or not we sit in a stadium with thousands of others, I don’t know that that is in the short term for the foreseeable future, but I don’t know why we can’t watch it on television, right? Why can’t you have games with no audiences, and just to start the sports and entertainment so people have something to watch and follow?”

More than a week ago, President Donald Trump told the commissioners of North America’s major professional sports leagues that he wants fans returning to stadiums and arenas as early as August. Trump also said he wants the NFL season to start on time in September.