Governor Kemp Wants Plan Before Giving Pro Sports Go-Ahead

Will Palaszczuk
May 27, 2020 - 10:41 pm

Governor Brian Kemp wants Georgia to crawl before it can walk.

"I'm certainly ready for pro sports," he said Tuesday. "I've talked to all the sports franchises in the metro Atlanta area. They know that we are ready to work with them. How that looks I don't really know."

Speaking to "Dukes & Bell" on 92-9 The Game, Kemp stopped short of saying Georgia is open for sports being played in the Peach State, as he feels the need for further dialog with each league before events return.

"I don't want to say 'Yeah, we're open for sports,' not knowing what their plan is," Kemp told Dukes & Bell. "We're open to talking to those folks about figuring out how we can get open, not how we stop it, but how we work with them to make it happen."

The sports world has grounded to a halt since the last sporting event took place in Atlanta, a March 11 Hawks overtime loss to the New York Knicks. While reports suggest any resumption of the NBA season would take place out-of-state, Kemp has kept the lines of communication open with the Braves & Falcons.

"I know the Falcons have got limited operations that have opened back up," Kemp said. "I've continued to be hopeful for the Braves and Major League Baseball, I personally think there's a way we can make that happen."

Governor Kemp commended NASCAR for their protocols to restart their season in the Carolinas, with the sport bringing racing back to the state during the first weekend in June.

The governor also remained hopeful that fall High School sports would also start on time, but added some concessions and smart practices might need to be made in terms of fan attendance.

“If we have ample testing, contact tracing, and if people continue to use these good practices, we may not have a second wave," according to Kemp. "If we don’t have that, we could start looking at ways to put some people in the stands and playing some live sporting events.”

Kemp also commended the work of first responders and Georgia residents for continuing to act responsibly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.