President Trump’s prediction that the sports world’s coronavirus time-out could be over by August may be a false start, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.
“I would love to see sports back, [to] help with cabin fever,” said Cuomo in his now-daily Albany press briefing. “But this is not about hopes and dreams and aspirations and what you would like to see.”
In a Saturday conference call with leaders from leagues nationwide — including MLB, the NBA and the NHL — Trump voiced optimism that play could resume in August, with the NFL on track to kick off as scheduled in September.
Cuomo didn’t dismiss the idea outright, but urged caution and attention to those who know best.
“Follow the data,” he said. “Follow the science. Let the … health-care professionals tell you when it’s safe to re-open, and that’s when you re-open.”
California Gov. Gavin Newson, whose state is home to three NFL teams, already expressed skepticism at the timeline in a Saturday press briefing.