MLB won’t seek ‘essential business’ exemption in Florida like WWE

Tampa Bay Times

Could Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to deem the WWE as “essential business,” allowing live pro wrestling to continue in Orlando, mean Major League Baseball games will soon be played in Florida?

It sure doesn’t look like it.

In a statement released Tuesday night to the Tampa Bay Times, MLB basically said thanks but no thanks, making clear it will wait until the public health situation improves overall while continuing to make health and safety for all parties a priority:

“MLB has been working diligently to plan for many different contingencies, and one of many ideas that has been discussed has been to play some of our games (in) Florida when the public heath situation allows for it. We are appreciative that the governor is open to playing games in Florida as one potential solution, but we all agree that such efforts can only be undertaken in a manner that does not endanger public health, nor the health of our players and fans. We will continue to be guided by those principles."

Earlier Tuesday, commissioner Rob Manfred made similar comments to Fox Business about general plans for a return to action.

#baseball, #professional

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