The rapidly-spreading coronavirus has sent the sports world upside down and the world at large on a temporary freeze as many individuals are finally beginning to self-distance after recognizing the severity of the pandemic.
In terms of the NFL, there was some talk whether or not it would delay the beginning of the new league year and free agency, both of which are scheduled to begin on Wednesday. It has since been reported that the league would proceed as originally planned, rather than cancelling operations entirely.
According to Vanity Affair, President Donald Trump played a prominent role in that settlement.
Per the report, Trump began fearing that the NFL would follow the precedent that the NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS have set and indefinitely suspend operations. Trump reportedly reached out to NFL owners to see if any impulsive announcements were looming, and "begged" that they don't postpone the season.
New information regarding COVID-19 and its impact on the sports landscape has been surfacing in waves over the last few days. Suffice it to say that nobody expected this sort of news to materialize.
We're not entirely sure what intentions President Trump had with his alleged request, but at the surface he sure appears irresponsible. As well-informed as Trump may claim to be, we sincerely hope that the NFL didn't use his reported phone call as the final judgment call in the settlement to move forward with its season.