President Donald Trump holds phone call with major sports leagues commissioners

President Donald Trump held a conference call with many of the major sports league commissioners Saturday to discuss the nationwide response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has shut down the sports world. 

"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," a White House pool report said. "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." 

Trump also told NFL Commissioner Goodell that he believes the season should start on time in September, according to ESPN. 

In addition to Trump, senior counselor Kellyanne Conway and special assistant Andrew Guiliani, the son of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, represented the executive branch. 

The participating commissioners were: 

Gary Bettman (NHL), Cathy Engelbert (WNBA), Don Garber (MLS), Roger Goodell, (NFL), Rob Manfred (MLB), Vince McMahon (WWE), Jay Monahan (PGA Tour), Adam Silver (NBA), Dana White (UFC), Roger Penske (IndyCar), Michael Whan (LPGA), Drew Fleming (Breeders Cup). 

Notably, the National Women's Soccer League was absent, as was the NCAA. 

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