April 5, 2020
UNDATED (AP) – The White House says the president spoke with commissioners of the country’s sports leagues in a conference call Saturday and told them he recognizes “the good work being done by many teams and players” to care for their communities and fans dealing with coronavirus.
The White House says the commissioners thanked the president for his “national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry.” He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge.
A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
The NBA, NHL, NFL and Major League Baseball were all represented by their commissioners – Adam Silver, Gary Bettman, Roger Goodell and Rob Manfred, respectively. None of those leagues released public comment about the call.
A person with direct knowledge of what was discussed on the call said Trump believes the NFL season will start on time on Sept. 10 with fans in seats.
A second person with knowledge of the call said some commissioners, Silver included, stressed to Trump that they are working on season-resumption plans but cautioned that nothing can move forward without clearance from public health officials.