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Florida Governor open to holding NFL games in Doak Campbell Stadium

With so much uncertainty surrounding the NFL and their upcoming season, is playing games in college stadiums of states that are “open” a possibility?

While not likely as of right now, the offer is on the table according to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis appeared on the TV show ‘Fox and Friends’ early Thursday morning and suggested that it could be a possibility.


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“I’ve already spoken to some of our colleges like the University of Florida,” DeSantis said. “They’ve got a great football stadium, The Swamp that’s not used on Sundays so if an NFL team need a place to land, we can work that out.”

“What about where I went my freshman and sophomore year, Florida State?” host Ainsley Earhardt asked.

“I haven’t spoken to them yet,” DeSantis said. “It’s an iconic stadium and I think we would want to be very careful if we could.”

You would have to think the universities would welcome this with open arms should it become a real possibility. With it being unlikely that fans are permitted to attend NFL games early in the season, the location of the games would be largely irrelevant as all fans would watch on television.

Not to mention there would be major upsides for any college campus that would be hosting any NFL games this fall in terms of exposure, recruiting, finical gain, etc.

It is certainly an interesting scenario to imagine as we all remain in a wait and see approach to not just the NFL, but the return of all sporting events in 2020.

On Thursday afternoon, Florida State athletic director David Coburn gave his comment on DeSantis’ comments about hosting NFL games in Doak Campbell Stadium.


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