global pandemic. & nbsp; “Data-reactid =” 16 “> When the president wishes a meeting, you take the meeting. This may be especially true when your business stopped in the middle of a global pandemic.
conference call with Donald Trump to discuss the current state of the sports business in America … of which there is not much. Maybe all of them together, however, could understand that. “Data-reactid =” 17 “> So on Saturday afternoon, leaders of the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, MLS, PGA, LPGA, Breeders’ Cup, UFC and WWE had a conference call with Donald Trump to discuss the current state of sports affairs in America … of which there is not much. Maybe all of them together, however, could understand that.
Trump was Trump, said a source. Confident and ambitious, even if these emotions do not do much in the face of reality. Details were scarce, mainly because they are impossible. This is the wall against which everyone is banging their heads.
Trump has said he wants the NFL to start on time in the fall. The NFL too.
Trump has said he wants the suspended seasons of other sports leagues to end as soon as possible. These leagues too.
Trump has said he wants fans back in the stands as early as August. Everyone too.
Trump said later on Saturday at a press conference. “Their sports weren’t designed for that. The whole concept of our nation was not designed for this. We’re going to have to go back. We want to come back soon. “” Data-reactid = “31”> “They want to come back. They must come back. They can’t do that, ” Trump said later on Saturday at a press conference. “Their sports weren’t designed for that. The whole concept of our nation was not designed for this. We’re going to have to go back. We want to come back soon. ”
If it’s possible of course. If it’s safe. If that does not compromise all the work and the losses and sacrifices made so far.
And that’s the problem.
Everyone wants a return to normal. Trump is not wrong. No one is wrong in wanting such things. Unfortunately, wanting is not enough.
Professional sport is not just a big deal, with billions and billions of direct economic impacts stretching across the country. They are an important entertainment distraction for an audience that, every day, becomes more isolated and weary of the relentless battle we face.
No one is suggesting that it is more important than finding a vaccine or an antidote, or providing more masks for first responders or personal protective equipment for nurses or a mass test capability for epidemiologists so that we can even hope to understand that.
Our logistical response to this must be the first priority.
Sport can, however, offer a diversion. A few hours of relief. It always has been. During long wars and great economic upheavals over the decades, societies around the world have sought refuge from the mental fatigue of grinding.
Right now, little is going on in space, causing ripple effects not only for millions of desperate fans to focus on something unimportant, but in the media, marketing, advertising and a host of other industries that serve sport and entertainment.
WWE will host a two-day WrestleMania starting Saturday. The UFC is still trying to figure out how to hold a card on April 18. & nbsp; “Data-reactid =” 61 “> WWE will be hosting a two-day WrestleMania starting Saturday. The UFC is still trying to figure out how to hold a card on April 18.
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as game partners. & Nbsp; “Data-reactid =” 62 “> Other than that, not much. Maybe in early June we will receive a second Phil vs. PGA Tour Tiger – this time with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as game partners.
Wimbledon is canceled. The Olympic Games, which was scheduled to end in early August, are postponed. & nbsp; The British Open also plans to cancel. “Data-reactid =” 63 “> Wimbledon is canceled. The Olympic Games, which were to take place in early August, have been postponed. The British Open is also considering the option to cancel.
So talking about the NFL season in September, or fans in the stands at baseball stadiums in August, may be just wishful thinking. Without a vaccine, anything that could reignite the spread of the disease seems unhealthy, at least with what we currently know. Fans filling up sports arenas (or concert halls, fairs, parade routes to something else) would likely fall into this.
Trump doesn’t commit to anything until September. We hope this will change. “Data-reactid =” 69 “> Large gatherings just don’t seem plausible for a while. Trump doesn’t commit to anything until September. Hopefully this will change.
Baseball in empty stadiums. Do this, try that. They have time to dream. “Data-reactid =” 70 “> The leagues are constantly thinking. Play all of the NBA playoffs at an empty casino. Baseball in empty stadiums. Do this, try that. They had time to dream.
But at this point, it’s just a dream. Medical officials will decide a lot, and right now, there are far too many unknowns and far too high a stakes to make a bold plan or set a clear date.
plane full of masks courtesy of the New England Patriots to hockey players donating to cover the lost wages of popcorn and beer vendors in their stadiums. & nbsp; “Data-reactid =” 72 “> Trump, according to the White House, has recognized the good number of sports leagues, teams and owners who do in their And there have been many, since a plane filled with masks courtesy from the New England Patriots to hockey players who donated to cover the lost wages of popcorn and beer vendors in their stadiums.
It’s good. It’s good. It should be celebrated.
This is not what they want to do, however. They want to get back to work. Trump wants them to get back to work. Almost all of them want them to resume their activities.
When this is, however, remains unknown. Against this coronavirus, unfortunately, even a president cannot simply wish things to exist.