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Let Them Play MN sues Walz seeking to end youth sports pause


December 11, 2020


The sideline benches were sanitized between soccer games played at East Ridge High School on Aug. 27, the first day for games when fall high school sports resumed.

Gov. Tim Walz's order pausing youth sports for four weeks is "not based on data or science'' and applies "favored treatment and relaxed criteria'' that let collegiate and pro sports continue, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by a group seeking to end the ban.

The nonprofit organization Let Them Play MN, which has 23,000 members in its Facebook group, filed the challenge in U.S. District Court. The order, which put sports on hold because of concerns about controlling the spread of COVID-19, is set to end on Dec. 18 unless Walz takes further action.

"Nobody wants this to run on any longer than what we have already seen,'' said Minneapolis attorney Sam Diehl, who represents the group. "What we're hearing is that there's a possibility of him extending it into the new year."


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