Gov. Charlie Baker announces pro sports may return to Massachusetts without fans

Justin Leger
NBC Sports Boston

Pro sports are returning to Massachusetts, but it'll still be a while before fans can see them in person.

Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday that Boston sports teams may hold games in Mass. without spectators as part of Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan. That means the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, and New England Revolution each will have the green light to return to action.

Baker made the announcement at a Fenway Park news conference that also included Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and Red Sox president Sam Kennedy.

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Also included in Phase 3 of Massachusetts' reopening plan are gyms, casinos, and museums.

The Red Sox will hold their first workouts of "spring training 2.0" on Friday in preparation for the 60-game MLB season, which is set to begin July 23 or 24.

The Celtics, Bruins, and Revs will resume their seasons outside of Mass. MLS and the NBA will return to play in Orlando, while the NHL is rumored to be eyeing Toronto and Edmonton as host cities.

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