In a conference call with league owners and officials earlier today, President Donald Trump said that he believes that NFL will start on time in September. He also said that he hopes to have fans in stadiums by August and September. This is according to what White House officials told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski.
However, everything depends on if social distancing guidelines and travel restrictions are working well enough for those type of decisions to be made. Medical experts may not be so quick to give an “all clear” for sports to run in packed stadiums right away.
The August/September timeframe is likely bad news for SummerSlam plans since the show is scheduled for August 23rd. Unless the call is made by early August to lift restrictions on mass gatherings, this could force WWE to cancel or postpone SummerSlam or hold the show at the Performance Center like they did with WrestleMania. SummerSlam is currently scheduled to take place in Boston and it is believed that there are plans for Rob Gronkowski to wrestle on that show.
This news also means that AEW will have to come up with alternate plans for Double Or Nothing, currently scheduled for May 23rd in Las Vegas. AEW has several months of matches taped for future episodes of Dynamite on TNT.
Vince McMahon was on the conference call today along with officials from the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, NHL, MLS, WNBA, the PGA Tour, UFC, IndyCar, LPGA and the Breeders Cup.