California governor Gavin Newsom told the media on Monday that professional sports could resume in the state on June 1, so long as there were no fans in attendance.
Of course, neither the Los Angeles Rams or the Chargers are scheduled to play any games any time soon, but this could be a promising sign for NFL training camps, which would be set to begin starting in mid-July.
Gavin Newsom at his presser this afternoon: "Sporting events, pro sports, in that first week or so of June -- without spectators and (with) modifications and very prescriptive conditions -- can also begin to move forward." Warriors have anticipated a June 1 reopening of facility.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 18, 2020
Texas governor Greg Abbott also stated this his state could re-open professional sports around the same time.
Updates in Texas and California: Governor Greg Abbott says professional sports without fans in the state of Texas can reopen on May 31. Governor Gavin Newsom says professional sports without fans in the state of California can reopen by the first week of June.— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) May 18, 2020
The ability for sports leagues to operate in California again, at any level, at least gives teams like the Rams and Chargers time to evaluate how things end up going and to consider best operating procedures once camps are able to resume. There have yet to be any announced setbacks with the construction of SoFi Stadium in Inglewood in spite of several cases of coronavirus among the staff there. With this, there should be a feasible window in which the NFL could potentially get off their recently-announced schedule without postponement.
The Rams would be opening training camp for rookies in mid-June, vets in late-June, preseason games in August, and Week 1 coming Sept. 13 on Sunday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys.