The President of the United States seems to have put a potential timeline on the return of professional sports in his country — according to a report from ESPN.

In Donald Trump’s mind, fans could be returning to arenas and stadiums in August or September. He also believes the NFL season (and therefore presumably the NCAA college football season) should start on time.

Trump held a conference call with league officials across American professional sports on Saturday.

As NFL insider Adam Schefter noted, we don’t know at this point if this timeline is believed by medical experts. Trump has been known to present opinions that go against the advice of the medical community (like suggesting the American economy could be up and running again by Easter), so this should be taken with a grain of salt.

Perhaps the timeline was presented on Fox News recently and Trump ran with it.

It’s also important to note that it’s impossible to project just when we may reach a point where sports can resume even without fans in the stands. Beware fake news.

The American timeline is important to the CFL. If the spread of the coronavirus doesn’t improve down south any time soon, it could prove difficult to get players who live in the United States up to Canada for the season, whatever it may look like.

It’s still too early to say what might happen to the start of the CFL season, but it’s looking likely that we’ll see a delay. The league has postponed the start of training camps indefinitely and the City of Calgary has said that pro sports won’t resume there until at least July 1.

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Joel Gasson is a Regina-based sports writer, broadcaster and football fanatic. He is also a beer aficionado.