If you had to guess, when do you think we’ll see sports resume in our country? In a time with so many bigger challenges, it might not be the most pressing question out there. But this is a sports blog and to us sports fans it’s a legit question.
Saturday afternoon President Trump and the leaders of the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, MLS, PGA, LPGA, Breeders’ Cup, UFC and WWE did a conference call to discuss the current state of the business of sports in America.
Trump said he wanted the NFL to start on time in the fall. He also indicated he wanted fans back in stands as early as August.
Let that sink in. August. At the earliest.
That’s basically four more months, 1/3rd of the year, of waiting too see live sporting events. That’s as bad as waiting between seasons for Game of Thrones to return.
The WWE just hosted a Wrestle Mania in an empty building. Weird ambience but lots of pay per view money.
MLB has publicly considered playing games in front of no fans. For teams like the Red Sox, the TV money is substantial and playing games of any kind can mean big revenue. Even without sticking us for $10 hot dogs and $14 beers.
It would seem the NBA and NHL seasons are done. I think that makes the Bruins the Stanley Cup champs as they have the most points in the league? Not sure you can raise a banner for that though.
I think the NFL and college football can start on time. Maybe?
It would seem baseball would have to play at least 100 games to justify returning and holding playoffs. To do that they need to start July 1 and host some double headers for sure. Maybe they play in empty stadiums until August? Will that happen?
So many questions yet to be answered.