The sports world is one of many industries forced to a halt by the coronavirus outbreak. As uncertainty continues to loom over professional American sports leagues, the commissioners of a number of leagues had a conference call with President Trump on Saturday.
Pool report on Donald Trump's conference call today with 13 major US sports commissioners. pic.twitter.com/GVnIaE4Z9U— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) April 4, 2020
It’s worth noting the NCAA was not included on this call. All leagues represented were fully professional.
Since the call concluded some info has come out about what was discussed. Trump appears optimistic about sports in the later summer and early fall.
In conference call with major league sports commissioners on Saturday, President Donald Trump said he believes the NFL season should start on time in September, sources familiar with the call told @wojespn and me. More on call coming at https://t.co/rDZaVFhcDQ.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2020
Donald Trump also told commissioners that he hopes to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by August and September, sources said, though it is currently unclear if medical experts find that to be a realistic timeline amid the current coronavirus pandemic. https://t.co/EFqDryGlTQ— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 4, 2020
Obviously, there are many currently unknown variables that go into that scenario becoming a possibility.
Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski have more info on what was discussed on the call. According to their reporting, NBA commissioner Adam Silver talked about the desire to restart once public health officials allow it:
Silver told those on the call the leagues were the first to shut down and that he and the NBA would love to lead the way in starting the economy once there was an "all clear" from public health officials, sources familiar with the call told ESPN.
The NBA and MLB are considering alternate plans for how to resume their seasons, although there is pessimism within the NBA about resuming this season. The NFL has more lead time before its season would begin. The first game of the NFL preseason is set for Aug. 6 and the regular season is currently scheduled to start in September.