United States President Donald Trump addressed the nation earlier today, speaking about how he plans to re-open the economy and detailing some steps he will take that would hopefully result in the NBA and other leagues booting back up later this year.
“We have to get our sports back,” Trump said (h/t Kurt Helin of NBC Sports).
He added that he plans on talking to upwards of 120 people – including NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban – about the best way to re-open the economy and restart sports. The advisory panel, which includes executives and leaders from many industries, also includes a number of other sports commissioners and team owners, including the NFL’s Roger Goodell and MLB’s Rob Manfred.
“We’re not going to rip out every other seat in (stadiums),” Trump said in discussing how to get fans back to sporting events.
All the commissioners of the North American sports leagues recently conducted a call with Trump. All parties want the leagues to start back up, but Trump said he needs to get the “all clear” from officials first.
In addition to the league’s conversations with the White House, the NBA is consulting with health experts on the best way to get back up and running.