Chief Medical Officers from Major Sports Leagues Meet with White House
It seems like it’s no longer a matter of if but a matter of when.
The plan is to play and to play as soon as possible. The NBA and NHL are pushing to complete their regular season and proceed to the postseason, while the MLB is looking at starting its season no later than July 2.
To continue to prepare for the gradual re-opening of the American economy and of course etching closer to the return of sports, chief medical officers from all major sports leagues met with Seema Verma, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, to discuss the proper protocol and the necessary steps needed upon returning to play. Verma encouraged all teams to follow strict testing guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We learned that there were likely going to be a lot more tests available, both the antibody tests and point of contact tests, which was a good thing for all of the pro guys and colleges. They said the number of tests was going to go up dramatically in the coming months. They thought we were going to have the necessary tests to do what we needed to do,” said Big12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
The NBA remains focused on reopening a number of team facilities as soon as May 8th. Players will be forced to wear face-masks whenever they are not engaging in physical activity. Moreover, the NBA has requested each team to assign one senior executive to the position of Facility Hygiene Officer.
The NBA has been on hiatus for nearly two months.