Trump urges sports return, says he’s ‘tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old’

first_imgOwners Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft and Mark Cuban will join the commissioners of all major sports on the committee, Trump said.”We have to get our sports back,” Trump said. “I’m tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old.”#NEW: Donald Trump says Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban along with pro sports commissioners will be consulted about ending lockdowns. (@wfaa)— William Joy (@WilliamJoy) April 14, 2020MORE: Hank Steinbrenner dead at 63Trump will hold a conference call with the advisory group on Wednesday, Shama Charania of The Athletic reported late Tuesday.In all, COVID-19 has infected more than 600,000 people in the U.S. and killed almost 28,000. Its spread has shut down business across the country as states aim to slow the problem with stay-at-home orders. Sports leagues have been shut down since mid-March, and even when they do restart, they might be forced to do so with no fans in attendance.Baseball is reportedly considering a plan to expedite its return wherein teams would all play their games in Arizona. The idea, though, has yet to pick up momentum. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he would appoint several sports commissioners and team owners to an advisory group meant to assist the reopening of the country.Trump has held conference calls with sports executives in recent weeks and made the return of sports from a pandemic-prompted lockdown a regular part of public messaging. He has recently pushed for parts of the U.S. to reopen as soon as possible to jolt a weakened economy despite the coronavirus killing almost 4,000 people in the U.S. between Monday and Tuesday. Trump has at times hammered sports leagues for not obeying his desires. He lashed out repeatedly at the NFL when players knelt during the anthem to protest racial injustice, and he has feuded with NBA champions for turning down visits to the White House.When Trump attended Game 5 of the World Series last October in D.C., he was showered with boos. He received a more positive reception at an Alabama football game.California, Oregon and Washington have banded together to create a road map for rolling back coronavirus-related restrictions once the scientific community feels it is safe to do so. Those states, which were among the first to enact social distancing measures, have managed to slow the rate of COVID-19 growth. The eventual rollback of stay-at-home orders probably wouldn’t lead to an immediate return of sports, however, as large gatherings would likely remain limited.last_img

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