NJ Governor Phil Murphy Allows Giants, Jets to Open Facilities

John Healy
May 26, 2020 - 11:04 am

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has followed Andrew Cuomo’s lead in New York and is allowing professional sports teams to train and return to competition in the state.

This means that the Jets and Giants, both headquartered in New Jersey, are now able to return to their facilities and play games – which would not be until August the earliest with preseason – as long as they adhere to the NFL’s guidelines and follow the necessary health protocols.

The NFL’s guidelines currently limit personnel inside team facilities to medical staff and players rehabbing injuries. No other players or coaches are currently permitted under these rules.

A Jets spokesman told multiple reporters that the franchise is working closely with the governor’s office and league office, and will use a phased approach to reopen the facilities.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Giants issued a similar statement, and added that the team plans to begin the process of bringing employees back to the building by next week. 

The Giants and Jets, along with the rest of the NFL, have been conducting a virtual offseason program this spring in place of OTAs, which was extended earlier this month through May 29.

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, a return to minicamp in mid-June still seems unlikely for both the Jets and Giants, but training camp -- which can begin as early as July 29 -- is more likely. 

The Philadelphia Sixers are also eligible to return to their respective training facilities in the state, too.

The Sixers train in Camden, NJ and can choose to begin practicing there as the NBA eyes a July return at a central location in Orlando.

The New Jersey Devils, on the other hand, likely will not qualify for the NHL’s return, which is expected to be a 24-team playoff format.