According to a report from WBZ-TV in Boston, Massachusetts, governor Charlie Baker is expected to announce that professional sports teams are allowed to return to practice Friday. Teams will be able to begin preparing for their respective seasons while adhering to local and state health and safety protocols.
Massachusetts is home to some massive fan bases. Let’s take a look at how some of its teams could be affected by this news.
The Patriots reign supreme in Massachusetts and are looking to navigate their first offseason without Tom Brady since 2000. The Patriots are in their offseason workout program, but have been allowed to re-open their offices to small numbers of front office personnel. They have yet to return. Additionally, coaches and players are not yet allowed back at any NFL facilities. The players in particular require the owners reach an agreement with the union to restart in-person activities.
The NBA is looking to start training camp in July. It is aiming to resume the season in Orlando, Florida sometime later in July or in early August, at the Walt Disney World Resort. The re-opening of Massachusetts could allow the Celtics to knock off the rust before a playoff push.
The Bruins could be a top seed in the 24-team playoff the NHL hopes to have in the coming months. The location has not been decided, but multiple host cities are being considered. Players could return home first, or be asked to relocate to their designated host city ahead of the postseason.
MLB is pushing for the season to start in July, but there’s work to be done. Owners and players are looking to come to an agreement on prorated salaries for the year, and health and safety regulations are still being hashed out. It seems like teams will do spring training in their home cities if a deal is completed soon.