Trump to speak with sports commissioners today

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When will it be safe for sports to start back up again? That’s something many millions of fans want to know, and it will be addressed as part of President Trump’s agenda today.

A call with the commissioners of the professional sports leagues has been scheduled for today. The noon entry on Saturday’s official White House schedule says, “The President participates in a phone call with Major League Commissioners.”

The entry does not say which commissioners will be on the call, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would presumably take part.

So far the NFL has been the least-affected of America’s pro sports by the coronavirus pandemic, simply because the nationwide shutdown is taking place during the NFL’s offseason. But NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills acknowledged this week that the NFL regular season may not be able to go on as planned.

Realistically, America probably still has a significant wait before team sports can be played, for the simple reason that Dr. Sills noted this week: The current protocols say that if one person tests positive, everyone who has been in contact with that one person should self-isolate. And that means it would only take one player, coach or other team personnel to test positive for an entire team — and any teams that have recently played against that team — to have to go into isolation. It’s just not feasible for a sports league to re-start its schedule right now, knowing that at any moment one person’s positive test would require whole teams to stop playing and practicing.

And however long it takes until the sports leagues can start playing again, it’s going to take even longer before they can play in a stadium full of fans. It would be reckless and irresponsible for any organization to even consider cramming tens of thousands of people into a stadium right now.

So it’s hard to imagine that there’s going to be much upbeat news coming out of the president’s discussion with commissioners today. The sports leagues may be able to discuss the best public safety protocols for when games are played again, but no one should expect that to happen soon.

44 responses to “Trump to speak with sports commissioners today

  1. It doesn’t seem possible that any organized team activity will happen in calendar year 2020. Without a mass-produced highly effective therapy and eventually a mass-produced vaccination available in the tens of millions there may not be any sports in 2021 as well.

  2. Please keep the draft…it is all we have now and doesn’t require social gathering….

  3. Not to worry. Like the NBA, I’m sure the NFL will get “tests” for all their players while regular Americans wait.

  4. Take a snapshot of your life right now and your expectations for the future. Remember it. After the months ahead, you will look back and laugh at your naivete.

    There is a very real possibility that Americans simply won’t want to cram into crowded spaces for a generation. Our society will surely look a lot different on the other side of this mess.

  5. Makes no sense, I thought the country was reopening next Sunday and it was gonna be beautiful?

  6. Don’t worry folks, Trump’s belatedly making good by breaking international trade rules to hijack a pre-existing 3M masks order by the German police, who presumably aren’t worthy.

  7. He could shut them all down or he could tell them all to play tournament style in 1 city.

  8. The NFL is taking the proper approach. The regular season is over 5 months away. They had FA which involved no risk to spreading the virus. They will have the draft which also involves no risk. The offseason programs have been cancelled. Training camp in late July will be the next event to be decided on at that time. Training camp is 4 months away and many health experts feel we will be in a different place with the COVID-19 situation in 4 months time. The plan is for training camp to start as scheduled in late July.

    Some will say:”Nope, it won’t happen and the season will also be cancelled.” Good luck with that. Saying those type of negative things means absolutely nothing to anyone with no concrete data supporting your claim.

    The NFL should be applauded for how they have handled this unprecedented situation.

  9. Except…We start in August. Now teams will be practicing before then but….

    “It’s Practice man, We talking about Practice.”

    Sorry, I couldn’t help but to throw that in there.

  10. Since Easter didn’t work out, Mr. T will tell the teams July 4 is the new go date–and it will be beautiful!

  11. “It would be reckless and irresponsible for any organization to even consider cramming tens of thousands of people into a stadium right now.”
    ————————–

    NONSENSE.

    SMART organizations plan for ALL contingencies. If the CDC and WHO gave the green light tomorrow, the NFL will be READY. Just like they’ll be ready with alternate plans if this goes on for a year.

    It is RECKLESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE for any organization NOT TO CONSIDER every major possibility and plan accordingly.

  12. Spoiler alert: Major League Commissioners will finally realize we’re dealing with a moron.

  13. You can have the draft without the pomp and circumstance.

    The season is toast. This virus isn’t going to magically disappear because football fans want football to start.

  14. Hopefully Dr. Fauci will participate. Otherwise, who know what Trump may say or recommend. Meanwhile the NFL may decide to take advantage of face mask recommendations and come out with team-logo masks for sale. Anything to make a buck.

  15. Gotta Hand it to Trump. He’s done a fantastic job with all businesses in the country. I thank god he’s president during this hard time.

  16. Sure is a lot of hate from both sides these days. Why cant we quit the blame game and acting like we have the right way to handle this.

    Best economy and job market in my lifetime came to a abrupt halt. Let’s be more supportive and less critical.

    I for one miss hugs, handshakes, and my old life.

    May God bless us all.

  17. The only thing I am sure of is no matter what President Trump says or does, the haters will complain about it and call him names.
    I’ve been alive during 12 President’s terms and I’ve seen some good and some bad from all of them. I always give them a chance and don’t hate them just because I might not have voted for them. As soon as they are elected, I support them 100%.
    In my opinion, President Trump is doing a good job overall in spite of a the efforts of his detractors to destroy him from the moment we Americans elected him. Those “he’s not my President” fools have gone after him with an unprecedented vengeance in my lifetime.
    I just wish Americans would remember that our enemies love it when we are divided and we play right into their hands when we fight against one another and our President, no matter who he or she is.

  18. it think the NFL will go on in empty stadiums. As for testing why would the NFL want to test.

    One positive would negate the season. unless every player gets a test every week you could never be sure anyways.

  19. Get ready “People are amazed at my natural ability to understand sports. When I talk to them they are shocked at how great of a sports expert I am. Really, it’s beautiful, just beautiful, I mean, just the best. You may have seen sports historians and experts before, but not like this. This has never been done before. Obama never did anything with sports and I am doing it. It’s perfect.” *sigh*…

  20. Gotta Hand it to Trump. He’s done a fantastic job with all businesses in the country. I thank god he’s president during this hard time.
    —–
    Wow they must serve some good kool-aid where you live. I don’t know how he could have handled it worse! While China got aggressive immediately and stopped the spread before it debilitated the country, our president blew it off. He’s been following not leading, and his delay in acting may be one of the worst mistakes in presidential history. He told us just a couple weeks ago “the economy is doing great and we’ve got the coronavirus under control”. Now we have more cases then any other country and no end in sight. How anyone could think this was handled properly is shocking.

  21. I wish people would stop it with the good and bad garbage. This guy is a trainwreck and most of us can see him for what he is.

  22. Why would players, mostly millionaires they, play at all if it’s not safe? Empty stadiums, full stadiums, stadiums full of cardboard people…it doesn’t matter. Why would they crash into each other, dive into pigpiles and even ride buses together if there was a chance of catching the virus?

    They’re not immune. What if you were worth $10 million, would you play? Of course not. The “empty stadium” thing is just silly.

  23. In my opinion, President Trump is doing a good job overall in spite of a the efforts of his detractors to destroy him from the moment we Americans elected him.
    ——
    The problem is, Trump has convinced his base that everything negative ever reported about him is just the product of fake news and haters. And people believed him and now all they ever watch is the one news station that doesn’t report the negatives. Confirmation bias at its finest.

    Forget what anyone says, put aside your bias, and look at the facts. Trump’s delay in shutting things down cost many American lives. As China and Italy were confining people to their homes and quarantining everyone, Trump was telling us it was just a flu, everything was under control, and America wasn’t shutting down. Now we have more cases than any other country. Considering India and China have billions of people, that’s saying something. So I ask, in what world is this a good job? I know Trump wants to lead the world in everything, but I don’t think corona cases is what anyone had in mind.

  24. streetyson says:
    April 4, 2020 at 9:29 am
    Don’t worry folks, Trump’s belatedly making good by breaking international trade rules to hijack a pre-existing 3M masks order by the German police, who presumably aren’t worthy.
    ***************************************************
    Trump told 3M to stop supplying masks to Canada and our PM gave all our masks to China recently.

    I wish our PM held on to them for us like Trump did for his country, our PM is a complete moron.

  25. No games = no game checks, and no tv money. Right?
    So the NFL just takes a year off. Every player is a year older. No 2021 draft, no Fall 2020 college football. On the upside, every borderline injured player has a year to recover.
    This is actually a huge question.

  26. streetyson says:
    April 4, 2020 at 9:29 am
    Don’t worry folks, Trump’s belatedly making good by breaking international trade rules to hijack a pre-existing 3M masks order by the German police, who presumably aren’t worthy.
    ————
    Really? There are agents for businesses and foreign countries showing up at licensed 3M retailers/distributors paying cash to take mass quantities of masks, which is delaying state and federal orders because others show up with cash. If these companies were kept in check and/or had morals they president would t have to tell them who to and not to sell to

  27. Given how wrong he has been every single time he has talked about COVID-19, the President is the last person on earth anyone should be taking advice from.

  28. What a bunch of BS. Why don’t you tell your president to stop being so divisive, quit whining about the media/people picking on him & be the bigger man & do his job. Dude is like Michael Scott when someone doesn’t like him, just throws a hissy fit and acts like everyone else is the problem. And he’s doing a good job? What? Like when he called this pandemic a hoax instead of taking note of what was happening in Italy? Like when he didn’t listen to Bill Gates when he told trump America wasn’t prepared to handle something like this? Yeah, great job, first class. I actually do give every president a shot & im rooting for him to defeat this pandemic even if it does mean 4 more years of him but he’s not exactly grabbing the bull by the horns in that regard, apparently you haven’t noticed this thing is still getting worse.

    nyneal says:
    April 4, 2020 at 10:51 am
    The only thing I am sure of is no matter what President Trump says or does, the haters will complain about it and call him names.
    I’ve been alive during 12 President’s terms and I’ve seen some good and some bad from all of them. I always give them a chance and don’t hate them just because I might not have voted for them. As soon as they are elected, I support them 100%.
    In my opinion, President Trump is doing a good job overall in spite of a the efforts of his detractors to destroy him from the moment we Americans elected him. Those “he’s not my President” fools have gone after him with an unprecedented vengeance in my lifetime.
    I just wish Americans would remember that our enemies love it when we are divided and we play right into their hands when we fight against one another and our President, no matter who he or she is.

  29. “ewhite1065 says:
    April 4, 2020 at 10:34 am
    Gotta Hand it to Trump. He’s done a fantastic job with all businesses in the country. I thank god he’s president during this hard time.”

    He hasn’t done much for the average citizen (other than lie and cause confusion), but he sure is taking care of the billionaires and the big corporations, isn’t he? What a sad, pathetic joke the orange stain is.

  30. tincada1 says:
    April 4, 2020 at 9:57 am
    Spoiler alert: Major League Commissioners will finally realize we’re dealing with a moron.
    ———-
    I hope the vast majority of voters realize this before Nov……………If, he (his people) doesn’t figure out a way to cancel or postpone the election.

  31. The leagues all need to stick it to Trump and tell him they aren’t re-starting until 2021. Not one player should get the Coronavirus just so Trump can look good for getting sports back on the field.

  32. Go find accurate news on this virus. Too much gloom and doom by media. 95% of people with the virus are not sick enough to be hospitalized. 5% are and an even smaller number of them go to ICU. It’s sad that it really hurts elderly. Quit trying to blame a damn virus on politicians! Silly and ignorant! The economy has to be dealt with as well or we’ll be in for one hell of a road back.

  33. To all you detractors. I’m sure Ol’ Hillary would be doing a fantastic job if you had your way. After putting the vodka bottle down and being asked why she didn’t react quicker, Hilly would surely reply “At this point what difference does it make?”.

    And don’t start with Biden. He doesn’t even know where he is.

    Twisting truths about Trump with BS arguments does nothing but spread lies. Smart people see thru your BS. However, many don’t. And all you BSers are doing is causing panic.

    During WWII, FDR made the MLB, college and NFL play for the psyche of the nation. Be happy a president wants to do something for the country instead of giving away our military technology to China (Billy C.) or bowing down at every chance (Guess who?).

    He’s the president we have now. Grow up and support him.

  34. Like usual, the left is the loudest and like usual, they get confused and mistaken their loudness as the majority.

    They obviously learned nothing in 2016 and they’ll be shocked yet again in the next election.

  35. I just wish Americans would remember that our enemies love it when we are divided and we play right into their hands when we fight against one another and our President, no matter who he or she is.

    ——————————————–

    Why do you think the Russians worked so hard to get him elected? Yeah, Putin hates Hillary Clinton(which means she is a good american) but that’s not the only reason.

    Trump is the opposite of Hillary as far as Russia is concerned. With Trump Putin can do whatever he wants.

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