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Andrew Cuomo’s New York sports reopening announcement means little to Jets

ELMONT, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrives for the groundbreaking ceremony for the New York Islanders hockey arena at Belmont Park on September 23, 2019 in Elmont, New York. The $1.3 billion facility, which will seat 19,000 and include shops, restaurants and a hotel, is expected to be completed in time for the 2021-2022 hockey season.
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Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that features New York sports teams allowed to begin camps means very little to the Jets.

It was important for the New York Jets organization to make sure the greatest city in the world was readily available for the world to see across its players’ chests. Christopher Johnson discussed that importance at last year’s uniform launch event, and it’s the first time in the franchise’s history the city “New York” is read anywhere on the uniform.

If only the team’s actual home was New York. If so, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Sunday announcement would have meant a lot more.

“Starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps,” Cuomo announced on Sunday at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh. “I believe sports that can come back without having people in the stadium, without having people in the arena, do it! Do it! Work out the economics if you can. We want you up. We want people to be able to watch sports to the extent people are still staying home. It gives people something to do. It’s a return to normalcy. So we are working and encouraging all sports teams to start their training camps as soon as possible, and we’ll work with them to make sure that can happen.”

That means the New York Yankees, Mets Rangers, Islanders, Brooklyn Nets and even Buffalo Bills and Sabres have the green light to start working towards opening camp. The Jets and the Giants will be forced to wait due to their New Jersey homes.

Last Friday, both the Yankees and Mets were greenlit to resume camp down in Florida. The NHLPA recently approved the 24-team tournament the NHL proposed, which puts hockey that much closer to action. And the Knicks and Nets should be right around the corner as well.

Until New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy follows New York’s lead, the Jets will just have to continue waiting patiently.

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