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Abbott: Texas open for pro sports as of May 31

Texas Governor Greg Abbott says that professional sports without spectators will be allowed as of May 31

MLB: Texas Rangers-Globe Life Field Open House Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced today that professional sports will be allowed in the state as of May 31. Fans will not be allowed in attendance at this time.

Professional sports have been on hold since mid-March due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and most states, including Texas, have had various forms of restrictions in place limiting the ability of folks to gather in groups in public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

MLB has been in discussions with the MLBPA about a plan that would allow for the season to start at the beginning of July. California Governor Gavin Newsom said today that, if things remain on their current pace, sporting events would be allowed to take place in June there, as well, though again without spectators.

Everything continues to be fluid, and we won’t know for sure that there will be baseball in 2020 until there’s actually some baseball in 2020, but these are signs we are headed in that direction.