Florida Names WWE And Sports ‘Essential Businesses’ In Arguably The Most Florida Decision Ever

Ahh, yes. The essentials needed for survival: medicine, food, toilet paper, suplexes and the Florida Panthers.

WWE’s Monday Night Raw went live last night from their Orlando training facility after the state of Florida deemed the sport to be an essential business. Not sure how we’d make it through this global pandemic without doctors, nurses, grocery store employees, and Roman Reigns.

How did this happen?

memo circulated by Jared Moskowitz, state coordinating officer for the Florida Division of Emergency Management, has decreed that sports are to be considered “essential services” for the purpose of the executive order on the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The memo says that people who are allowed to work during the pandemic include “Employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience — including any athletes, entertainers, production team, executive team, media team and any others necessary to facilitate including services supporting such production — only if the location is closed to the general public.”

Don’t get me wrong. I firmly believe that pro sports are essential. In fact, my personal list of essentials are as follows:

  1. oxygen
  2. food
  3. family
  4. sports
  5. Jean-Claude Van Damme movies

That’s a CFB Playoff spot for sports right there. That’s how important it is to me. But does anyone else feel it odd for Florida – of all states – to be claiming pro sports as essential? Especially considering Florida might be the only state in America where pro sports are optional?

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Yeah, look at how essential pro sports are to Florida. They NEED this! Honestly, though, pro sports seem more essential to Wyoming than Florida.

The memo says that people who are allowed to work during the pandemic include “Employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience — including any athletes, entertainers, production team, executive team, media team and any others necessary to facilitate including services supporting such production — only if the location is closed to the general public.”

Ahhh, ok, so this is Florida’s way of getting pro sports to return to Florida before any other state. It’s the long play. Which, honestly, I’m more than ok with. One state would have to deem this possible for any sports to return sooner rather than later and if that state is Florida, fine. Because if sports do return, they’re probably going to have to return before stay-at-home mandates are lifted, which would mean athletes and league workers would have to be deemed essential so they can leave their homes to go to work. And we knew it was going to have to be Florida and/or Arizona to be the first state to do this, especially since the entire state of California will be on lockdown until 2022 probably.

Is it safe for sports to return? Probably not. But do we need them to? Most definitely. And by Florida pulling this off, it gets us one step closer. And since they are doing what they can to get sports back, I think we should do something for them in return, which is why I am declaring we all refrain from making fun of Florida Man for at least one month. It’s a stay-at-home order for Florida Man jokes.

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And this Florida Man mandate includes jokes about Florida Woman as well.

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Look, if we can stay at home for over a month WITHOUT sports, I’m pretty sure we can all agree to go a month without Florida Man jokes, right? Maybe don’t answer that.

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