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Donald Trump holds call with Vince McMahon, Dana White, others


This post was updated at 2:40 PM Eastern.

The White House announced Saturday that they were holding a conference call with major United States sports commissioners as well as WWE's Vince McMahon and UFC's Dana White.

It's unknown how long the call lasted, but a brief statement was released afterward giving the vaguest of details:

President Trump’s call with sports league commissioners has wrapped up.
White House spokesman Judd Deere says the commissioners “thanked President Trump for his national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry.”

Full statement attached:

— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) April 4, 2020

McMahon, White, Adam Silver (NBA), Roger Goodell (NFL), Rob Manfred (MLB), Gary Bettman (NHL), Cathy Engelbert (WNBA), Jay Monahan (PGA), John Middlebrook (NASCAR) and Don Garber (MLS) were all invited to the call. No one from the NCAA was included.

The UFC has desperately wanted to continue to get back to putting on events but states and countries locking down on non-essential businesses being allowed to operate, something that has recently affected both WWE and AEW in Florida.

The NBA, NHL, golf, and NASCAR all suspended their seasons in March while MLB postponed the start of their season. There has been some talk this week about the NBA possibly holding playoffs in a single location with no fans, but nothing was formally announced.

WWE is airing WrestleMania over two nights this weekend, but it was taped more than a week ago. AEW also taped a slew of matches this past week to air over the next several weeks as Georgia also is shut down to non-essential businesses operating.