Trump Calls into NBC Golf Broadcast: ‘We Want to Get Sports Back’

President Donald Trump surprise call to NBC golf telecast: ‘We need sports in terms of the psyche of our country’

President Donald Trump surprise call to NBC golf telecast: ‘We need sports in terms of the psyche of our country’

"That's not getting back to normal", the president told Tirico, Yahoo reports.

"We want to get sports back". Not where they're anxious.

Still, as Carolina Panthers Owner Dave Tepper said this week, there's some optimism that fan attendance - with social distancing restrictions in place - could return in the next few months.

A two-on-two charity skins match between world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff on Sunday provided a rare dose of normalcy for golfers and fans alike, with the more than four-hour-long broadcast raising upward of US$5.5 million for COVID-19 relief. As Bundesliga returned to the field this past weekend, it was noted as a major boost to the country's morale in reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although President Trump is excited that sports are starting to find a sense of normalcy, he wants the world of sporting events to return to the glory days of how they were enjoyed before the pandemic.

"I love golf, I love even the exercise", Trump said, Golf reports.

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"We want to get sports back". We want big big stadiums loaded with people.

"[Trump] knows the American people are yearning for the things we used to take for granted, sports being a big one of them", Ari Fleischer, a White House press secretary during the presidential administration of George W. Bush, said recently (via NPR). States are taking different approaches on how and when to do so safely as a vaccine isn't expected before the end of the year.

As of early Monday, the U.S. COVID-19 death toll stood at 89,564 out of almost 1.5 million cases, according to Johns Hopkins University's count.

But Trump told Tirico he hopes golf is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the return of sports in the age of the coronavirus. "There's a sort of diplomacy that you need to have, and I don't think he's showing that - especially in these times". He didn't directly address McIlroy's critical comments toward him, but alluded to them.

The tournament was the first live televised golf event in two months. "It's a credit to the PGA TOUR, corporate partners and the players for making this event a terrific success", said Pete Bevacqua, president, NBC Sports Group.

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