Gov. Wolf paves way for pro sports with new guidance

Dave Uram
May 28, 2020 - 10:27 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Tom Wolf has paved the way for professional sports to return to Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, the Wolf administration released guidance allowing pro sports teams to practice or play, without spectators, in counties that are in the "yellow" and "green" phase of his three-tiered reopening plan.

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If that’s applicable, the team — or the league the team plays in — will need to have a COVID-19 safety plan that’s approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The plan must include testing or screening and monitoring of anyone who will be at these practices or games.

Philadelphia is expected to transition to yellow on June 5. 

Yesterday’s guidance applies more to the Eagles and Phillies than to the 76ers and Flyers. The latter two practice in New Jersey, which issued clearances earlier this week for pro teams to resume activity, and the Flyers will play in a “hub” city that’s not Philadelphia if the NHL resumes the hockey season. It’s believed if the NBA finishes its season, it will happen in a “hub” city or cities as well. 

The NFL has not allowed teams to hold workouts at their practice facilities yet. However, assuming Philadelphia goes yellow next Friday, the Eagles will be able to hit the field at the Novacare Complex when the NFL clears every club to do so. 

Maybe the Eagles will have the chance to reconvene in time for Training Camp in late July. They’ve been holding their offseason program virtually so far. 

If Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association can come to an agreement on finances and safety, then the Phillies might be able to hold Spring Training 2.0 in South Philly and, eventually, games at an empty Citizens Bank Park this summer.

There are still several steps before professional sports can resume. Wednesday’s guidance by Pennsylvania was one in the right direction.