President Donald Trump Speaks With 12 Major US Sports Commissioners About Coronavirus

Apr 4, 2020, 2:50 PM | Updated: 9:43 pm
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President Donald Trump speaks during a teleconference with governors at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters,on March 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. With Americans testing positive from coronavirus rising President Trump is asking Congress for $1 trillion aid package to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Evan Vucci-Pool/Getty Images)
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – United States President Donald J. Trump spoke with 12 major sports commissioners in the U.S. “to discuss the all-of-America response to COVID-19.”

President Trump spoke with the commissioners via a conference call on Saturday, April 4.

In addition to President Trump and two of his assistants, the following commissioners joined the coronavirus disease-related call:

  • Gary Bettman (National Hockey League)
  • Cathy Engelbert (Women’s National Basketball Association)
  • Don Garber (Major League Soccer)
  • Roger Goodell (National Football League)
  • Rob Manfred (Major League Baseball)
  • Vince McMahon (World Wrestling Entertainment)
  • Jay Monahan (PGA Tour)
  • Adam Silver (National Basketball Association)
  • Dana White (Ultimate Fighting Championship)
  • Roger Penske (IndyCar)
  • Michael Whan (LPGA Tour)
  • Drew Fleming (Breeder’s Cup)

The pool report for the call said that “the President recognized the good work being done by many teams and players to care for their communities, workforces, and fan bases across the Nation. The commissioners thanked President Trump for his national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry. President Trump encouraged them to continue to support their fellow Americans during this challenging time.”

During the call, President Trump said that he believes the NFL season should start on time in September, according to an ESPN source.

The source also said that “NBA commissioner Adam Silver told those on the call that the sports leagues were the first to shut down and that they would love to lead the way in starting the economy once there was an ‘all clear’ from public health officials.”

Following the conference call, President Trump said, “They want to get back. They’ve got to get back. We want to get back soon. Very soon.”

The NBA was the first major sports league to suspend play. It halted the 2019-20 season following Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert’s positive test for COVID-19 on March 11.

Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water¬†for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If you see evidence of¬†PRICE GOUGING, the¬†Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common¬†items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula.¬†Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at


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