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Donald Trump seeks return of sports ‘as soon as we can’

In conference call with league leaders, including PGA Tour’s Jay Monahan and LPGA’s Mike Whan, president promotes importance of sports as return to normalcy amid coronavirus concerns

Expressed: By President Donald Trump in a conference call with leaders of the major American sports leagues, including the PGA and LPGA tours, that he hopes fans will be back in stadia and arenas by August or September, according to an Associated Press report. “I want fans back in the arenas,” Trump said Saturday in a briefing at the White House. “I think it’s ... whenever we’re ready. As soon as we can, obviously. And the fans want to be back, too. They want to see basketball and baseball and football and hockey. They want to see their sports. They want to go out onto the golf courses and breathe nice, clean, beautiful fresh air.” Virtually all major sports events have been suspended or canceled in recent weeks because of the widening coronavirus pandemic. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and LPGA commissioner Mike Whan joined the leaders of the NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball on the call. No public comment was released by any of the leagues. The PGA Tour has suspended play until late May, and the LPGA has scrapped its schedule through mid-June.

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