Sports | April 15, 2020 9:45 am

Trump Tabs NFL and NBA Owners for Counsel on Reopening the Country

Jerry Jones, Mark Cuban, Robert Kraft and others are enlisted for Trump's committee 

Robert Kraft and Mark Cuban attend the DirecTV Super Saturday Night in 2014. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty for DirecTV)
Robert Kraft and Mark Cuban attend the DirecTV Super Saturday Night in 2014. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty for DirecTV)
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NBA owner Mark Cuban and NFL owners Jerry Jones and Robert Kraft are part of a large group that will help advise President Trump on how to best restart the economy in the United States.

Dubbed the Great American Economic Revival Industry Group, the advisory panel includes more than 50 executives and leaders from a variety of industries as well as heads of unions, think tanks and more.

The panel will also reportedly include NBA commissioner Adam Silver, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, UFC president Dana White and WWE head Vince McMahon.

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

Other notable names on the committee include Tim Cook of Apple, Larry Ellison and Safra Catz of Oracle and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and hedge fund manager Ken Griffin.

The Great American Economic Revival Industry Group, which is expected to hold its first meeting today, will operate separately from the task force that’s shaping the Trump administration’s public health strategy to handle the pandemic.

The names of elected officials, including governors and members of Congress, that Trump will also consult for advice about restarting the economy are also expected to be announced on Wednesday.

The president originally wanted the U.S. economy to reopen this past Sunday on Easter.

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