In case you missed it this past weekend, American President Donald Trump conducted a conference call with leaders from the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR, MLS, PGA, LPGA, Breeders’ Cup, UFC and WWE in the hopes of discussing the current lack of professional sports in America and coming up with a solution.
During the call, which one executive described as very "Trump" full of confidence and aspirations but short on actual plans or ideas, Trump expressed his wish to have the leagues back in operation and playing in front of fans by August.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports:
In conference call with major league sports commissioners on Saturday, President Donald Trump said he believes the NFL season should start on time in September, sources familiar with the call told me. 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 [situation].
That assertion, that the leagues will be back in business by August, has earned Trump some criticism from sports fans and politicians alike.
"They want to get back. They gotta get back. They can't do this,” Trump said later Saturday at a media briefing. “Their sports weren't designed for it. The whole concept of our nation wasn't designed for it. We're gonna have to get back. We want to get back soon.”
That is a great deal of optimism to be sure but, how realistic is it? California governor Gavin Newsom has, for one, has completely derailed Trump's optimism. Newsome, a Democrat, made it clear that he does not agree with the President's optimism, and went so far as to suggest that he does not see a way in which that could happen over the next few months at least.
I'm not anticipating that happening in this state," Newsom said as per SF Gate. "We've all seen the headlines over the last couple days in Asia where they opening up certain businesses and now they're starting to roll back those openings because they're starting seeing some spread and there's a boomerang. One has to be very cautious here, one has to be careful not to overpromise."
"I would move very cautiously in that expectation," Newsom said. "Our decision on that basis here in the State of California will be determined by the facts, will be determined by the health experts, will be determined by our ability to meet this moment and bend the curve ... Right now I'm just focusing on the immediate, but that's not something I anticipate happening in the next few months."
Honestly... I can't take many more months of this. Arguing over who's right and who's wrong... just please give me some hockey to watch to escape from the 24 hours news cycle...