Travel Ban Cancels Games

January 4, 2018

A three-game baseball series between SUNY Stony Brook and the University of Southern Mississippi has been cancelled as a result of New York having travel restrictions for state travel to Mississippi.

According to The Advocate, because of a Mississippi “religious freedom” law permitting businesses and the government to refuse to serve same-sex couples, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order banning non-essential state travel to Mississippi in 2016. The problem with Stony Brook, a state school, travelling to play Southern Mississippi was discovered just recently.

“Our athletic director (Shawn Heilbron) and coach (Matt) Senk did not realize that the travel ban included Mississippi,” said Brian Miller, Associate Athletic Director of Communications at Stony Brook. “We knew it was North Carolina, but we did not realize that it included Mississippi. Southern Miss obviously wasn’t pleased that we were trying to get out of it.”

In lieu of the planned weekend series in Hattiesburg, from February 23 to 25, USM will play at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

“I’m just thankful that Stephen F. Austin is letting us in their tournament,” said USM head coach Scott Berry.

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