The entire world is on pause right now. The coronavirus pandemic has shut down, restaurants, stores, bars, and pretty much any businesses that are not considered essential. It has also shut down sports. While America hopes to get back to normal sometime soon, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones might be relied upon to help it get there.
COVID-19 has impacted the entire country
Everyone is being told to stay home and practice social distancing as much as possible. This includes athletes and other people who work in sports, like Jerry Jones. Because of this, major sports leagues and sporting events have either been postponed or canceled.
For sports, it was pretty much a snowball effect after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 on March 11. The NBA then suspended its season that night. Then the NCAA canceled its college basketball tournaments as well as the rest of winter and spring sports championships. The MLB then canceled the rest of spring training and suspended all operations, and on March 24 the International Olympic Committee postponed the 2020 Olympics.
The NFL also canceled any public draft events. They will have a virtual draft as all team facilities are closed. There was also the postponement of the Masters golf tournament as well as the cancelation of the Wimbledon tennis tournament for the first time since World War II, according to BBC.
COVID-19 has impacted the sports world like nothing else ever has. Now, everyone is just waiting to see when things can start getting back to the way they have always been.
President Donald Trump held a call with sports commissioners
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump held a conference call with sports commissioners, according to ESPN. Trump told commissioners that he hopes to have fans back in the stadiums and arenas by August and September. This comes while many people speculate that if sports do come back soon, games will most likely be played without fans.
“I want fans back in the arenas,” President Donald Trump said in a briefing at the White House, according to ESPN. “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.”President Donald Trump
Jerry Jones and others will help America’s economy
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump named a panel that will advise the federal government on how to reopen the country and jump-start the economy, according to Bleacher Report.
“We have to get our sports back,” Trump said in a press conference. “I’m tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old.”President Donald Trump
Trump named Silver, Goodell, Manfred, McMahon, and Gary Bettman of the NHL to this panel, according to Bleacher Report. However, he also named team owners Robert Kraft, Jerry Jones, and Mark Cuban. It is unclear what roles everyone will play, but they will all certainly help with the effort to get the nation’s economy back on track.
If anyone can help the economy, it’s Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. He ranked No. 56 on Forbes’ 400 richest Americans list in 2019 and he is currently worth $8.3 billion. Additionally, his team, the Dallas Cowboys, are worth more than any other North American sports franchise, according to Forbes. The Dallas Cowboys are worth $5.5 billion.
Also, with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft being included in this panel, Cuban is worth $4.3 billion according to Forbes. His team is worth $2.4 billion. Additionally, Kraft is worth $6.9 billion while his team is worth the second-most in the NFL behind the Cowboys at $4.1 billion.
Hopefully, America and the world can get through COVID-19 soon. When it comes to the economy, though, it looks like Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft, Mark Cuban, and others will help lead the way in getting the country back to where it should be.