As sports leagues inch closer to resuming play in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, several of the most prominent commissioners have agreed to all appear on ESPN and discuss the obstacles they face in trying to schedule their respective seasons in 2020.
Commissioners Roger Goodell (NFL), Adam Silver (NBA), Rob Manfred (MLB), Gary Bettman (NHL), Cathy Engelbert (WNBA) and Don Garber (MLS) are expected to field questions from ESPN’s Mike Greenberg beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Monday.
“Since sports came to a halt three months ago, we’ve all been eagerly awaiting their return,” Stephanie Druley, an Executive Vice President at ESPN, said in a statement.
“Fans will hear directly from commissioners, managers and athletes about the decisions they’ve made and the challenges they’ve faced throughout this unprecedented time, and what the resumption of sports will look like over the coming weeks and months.”
The panel will discuss both the health and economic hurdles each league faces in having a season, which include playing without fans, enforcing social-distancing guidelines and renegotiating broadcast deals. A segment of the show will also be dedicated to discussing social justice reform in response to the national outcry over the death of George Floyd while in police custody.
Several players and coaches will also take part in the remote discussion, including Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, Baltimore Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell, Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, Phoenix Mercury forward Brianna Turner and the Philadelphia Union's Alejandro Bedoya.
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