Donald Trump has named Vince McMahon in a new advisory group help reopen the United States economy.
The US president announced this week he’s putting WWE Chairman Vince McMahon together in a group along with the commissioners of the nation’s top four sports leagues and other executives. Trump also named the likes of NBA’s Adam Silver, NFL chief Roger Goodell, MLB’s Rob Manfred and NHL boss Gary Bettman. Furthermore, he noted that UFC president Dana White is part of the team, alongside Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft
Donald Trump spoke in a briefing on Tuesday where he discussed the importance of bringing sports back into every day life after the Coronavirus Pandemic has forced all leagues to close. He said:
‘We have to get our sports back, I’m tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old. ‘I haven’t actually had too much time to watch – I would say maybe I watch one batter and then I get back to work.’
The Conference came after it was revealed the Performance Centre in Orlando would re-open to allow live WWE shows to be aired.
As previously reported, WWE have been named as an ‘Essential Business’ and will be able to continue with live shows, despite a stay at home order still being in force. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demmings said to the media earlier this week:
‘With some conversation with the governor’s office regarding the governor’s order, they were deemed an essential business. And so therefore, they were allowed to remain open.’
When Justifying the reason for continuing to air three live shows a week, WWE issued the following statement:
‘We believe it is now more important than ever to provide people with a diversion from these hard times. ‘We are producing content on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance following appropriate guidelines while taking additional precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our performers and staff. ‘As a brand that has been woven into the fabric of society, WWE and its Superstars bring families together and deliver a sense of hope, determination and perseverance.
The news of Vince McMahon being named Financial advisor has been met with derision from some quarters considering the amount of money he lost in the recent bankruptcy of XFL.