L.A. Sports Teams Outline Return-To-Play Protocols In Signed Letter
With California "poised to authorize the resumption of major sporting events," the teams and venues within L.A. County "banded together Friday to tell county supervisors precisely how those events could be held safely," according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. TIMES. If the county is "satisfied with those plans, games without fans could take place as soon as teams are ready to stage them." LA 2028 Chair Casey Wasserman is serving as "leader of the sports and entertainment division of the county’s economic resiliency task force." In seeking to "expedite the process, Wasserman submitted a 26-page blueprint to county supervisors with minimum standards teams had agreed to follow in such areas as monitoring the health of athletes and staff, observing social distancing off the field, and keeping facilities sanitary." By the end of Friday, he said that each team in town "planned to provide a more detailed plan to county public health officials, specific to its respective sport and venue." The nine pro teams that joined Wasserman in signing the letter were the Chargers, Clippers, Dodgers, Galaxy, Kings, Lakers, Rams, WNBA Sparks and LAFC. A total of 13 sports and concert venues also approved Wasserman's "baseline reopening plan" (L.A. TIMES, 5/30).