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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (C) is congratulated by U.S. President Donald Trump during an event celebrating the team's Super Bowl win on the South Lawn at the White House April 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. It was the team's fifth Super Bowl victory since 1960. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

In need of some help getting the United States of America back to life that’s been put on hold for over a month in most cases, President Donald Trump has assembled a superteam advisory board of sports leaders who will assist in the economic reopening of the country following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump’s team includes the commissioners from the ‘big four’ sports in America, as well as UFC’s Dana White and WWE’s Vince McMahon, and includes prominent owners, including Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban are also part of this group, according to Trump.

The advisory board will reportedly have their first call on Wednesday, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Trump, who had originally planned for an Easter reopening that didn’t come to be, held a conference call with the commissioners of all four sports leagues, and insisted that sports return “sooner than later.”

That suggestion was met with some fierce pushback from local politicians and medical professions, and with some even suggesting that we shouldn’t stop ‘social distancing’ until 2022. (Yes, 2022.)

Regardless of the circumstances of their return (it’s clear that the first league that comes back will not do so in front of a crowd), it’s clear that Trump wants to get back to enjoying all the games we all miss.

“We want to get our sports back so importantly,” Trump said on Tuesday. “We have to get our sports back. I’m tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old.”

(Hard same.)

As of right now, both the NHL and NBA remain in holding patterns when it comes to resuming their since-paused seasons, the MLB is talking about a potential May relaunch using the abundance of Spring Training facilities in Arizona, and the NFL has made this year’s draft a ‘virtual’ draft while OTAs and minicamps remain in the air.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.