The US economy is bearing the brunt of the global COVID-19 pandemic. As part of a general solution, President Donald Trump is tapping professional sports commissioners and team owners to be part of an advising panel to help the federal government in reopening the country amid the forced lockdowns.
Trump made the statement during a Rose Garden press conference on Tuesday.
“In sports - we want to get our sports back, so importantly,” Trump said. “We have to get our sports back. I’m tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old. But I haven’t actually had too much time to watch. I would say maybe I watch one batter and then I get back to work.
“The NBA, Adam Silver. The Major League Baseball - we miss our baseball, this is baseball season right here - Rob Manfred, thank you very much. NFL, Roger Goodell, thank you, Roger. UFC, Dana White. Great Dana White. PGA, Jay Monahan. LPGA, Michael Whan. USTA, Patrick Galbraith. Major League Soccer, Don Garber. WWE, the great Vince McMahon. NASCAR, Lesa Kennedy. NHL, Gary Bettman.
“From the New England Patriots, Bob Kraft, Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban.”
Trump already spoke to White and the other commissioners early this month, as he remains optimistic about resuming sporting events by late summer or early fall. But according to bioethicist — and brother of UFC owner — Zeke Emanuel, having large crowds attend such events should be held off until late 2021.