NWSL would welcome chance to be on future White House calls after Saturday snub

President Donald Trump held a conference call with leaders of the American sports community on Saturday.

The five big men's sports leagues were represented,  as were both the men's and women's pro golf tours. Pro tennis wasn't. In all, the White House summary listed 12 external participants along with Trump, Kellyane Conway and Andrew Giuliani from his White House staff:

External participants:
Don Garber (MLS)
Adam Silver (NBA)
Cathy Engelbert (WNBA)
Roger Goodell (NFL)
Rob Manfred (MLB)
Gary Bettman (NHL)
Jay Monahan (PGA Tour)
Michael Whan (LPGA Tour)
Dana White (UFC)
Vince McMahon (WWE)
Roger Penske (IndyCar)
Drew Fleming (Breeders Cup)

But one of the leagues missing was the NWSL. Entering its eighth season, the NWSL is the best attended U.S. women's pro league, drawing an average of 7,337 fans a game in 2019. The WNBA, which was on the call, averaged just 6,535 fans a game in 2019.

Lisa Baird, two days on the job as NWSL commissioner when preseason training was shut down last month, was not on the call.

In a statement to the media, the league hopes that will change in the future: “As a leader in women’s professional sports, the NWSL would welcome the chance to participate in any future discussions between the top sports leagues in the U.S. and the White House.”

The league also announced on Saturday an extension to its team training moratorium through May 5. The regular season was supposed to start on the weekend of April 18-19.
2 comments about "NWSL would welcome chance to be on future White House calls after Saturday snub".
  1. Kent Pothast, April 5, 2020 at 4:48 p.m.

    Would this have anything to do with published comments from members of USWNT team that said they would not go to meet Trump??

  2. James Madison, April 6, 2020 at 4:33 p.m.

    Why in the world would any self-respecting sports leader want to be on a call with Trump, except out of respect for the office of President.

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