NBA, NFL commissioners become advisers to President Trump for sports relaunch

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Posted on: April 15, 2020 9:56 pm EDT

As everyone looks to getting back in the game, league leaders are helping to make the tough calls

The current coronavirus pandemic is still presenting thousands of new cases every day across the US, but President Trump seems to be in a rush to bring the country’s financial activity back to normal. At least he has been seeking advice from the experts, and Trump announced yesterday that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban are among 14 sports expert figures who are advising the government on the best time to resume sports activity. The sports scene has been on hold for nearly one month, first with the NBA after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert testes positive for the coronavirus.

“We have to get our sports back,” Trump said at the White House. “I’m tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old,” he said in reference to how networks like ESPN have resorted to re-airing old games to fill the broadcasting void. Other names who are servicing the government in this matter are MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, UFC President Dana White, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, just to name a few.

Among these personalities from the US sports landscape, there are conflicting opinions about what will happen next. Silver and Manfred are not expecting a quick come back to the regular seasons, but White and McMahon have been pushing to have games taking place during this pandemic. In Florida, state officials gave the green light to the WWE to resume activities after it was declared an “essential business” as reported by ESPN on Monday. That situation sort of cleared the way for other sports leagues to resume activities in the state, as well.