Almost every single major league sports commissioner in the United States was on hand for a conference with the president of the United States on Saturday. He informed the rulers of sports that athletic events will not be returning anytime soon. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski, leagues were told that they will be able to have fans in their stadiums as soon as August or September.
President Trump told Roger Goodell that he can expect the NFL season to start on time in September, which should be great news for sports fans. However, there was no indication of whether or not sports such as and basketball (could resume NBA play) or baseball could begin their seasons with empty stadiums and performances tailor made for television viewing only.
The reality of the situation is that sports are not expected to be back anytime soon. The timeline is still months away as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
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
NBA commissioner Adam Silver told those on Trump conference call that the leagues were the first to shut down and that they would love to lead the way in starting the economy once there was an “all clear” from public health officials, sources familiar with call told ESPN. https://t.co/SXmvzhLtAP
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 4, 2020