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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that all of the state's professional sports leagues can begin their training camps following months of coronavirus restrictions.

What he's saying: Cuomo emphasized that sports that are able to return without hosting fans should do so, stating: "Work out the economics if you can. We want you up. We want people to be able to watch sports."

  • Cuomo said the reappearance of sports would mark a "return to normalcy" and that his administration will work with teams to assist comebacks.

The big picture: Professional sports leagues are strategizing how to return safely, a condition that will likely require games to be played without fans. The NBA is in talks to restart its season in July at Disney's ESPN sports complex in Florida, while MLB is in negotiations that could see the season start around July 1.

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Aug 31, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Chris Cillizza's new book to focus on presidents' love of sports

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CNN's Chris Cillizza has inked a book deal with Twelve to write a book — aimed for Father's Day 2022 or sooner — about how the sports presidents played, and watched, help us understand the men who have run our country.

Cillizza tells me the book, tentatively titled "It’s Way More Than a Game," aims to explain how each post-World War II president (and the society they governed) is best understood through sports — Ike and golf, Nixon and bowling, Obama and basketball.

Sep 1, 2020 - Sports

Nick Saban and Alabama players organize march against police brutality

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Alabama football coach Nick Saban marched on Monday against social injustices and police brutality with dozens of football players along his side through Alabama University.

The big picture: Sports teams and leagues are taking a bigger stand this year than they ever have in previous years. The police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. prompted NBA players to boycott games for the first time.

DOJ pressed to enforce Al Jazeera foreign agent ruling

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Justice Department is being pressed to enforce its own demand that the U.S. arm of Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera register as a foreign agent.

Why it matters: The launch of Al Jazeera's new right-of-center U.S. media venture, Rightly, has refocused attention on the media company's alleged links to Doha, and DOJ's efforts to crack down on media outlets viewed as foreign interest mouthpieces.