Sports meet, a conference of American professional athletes, is coming to the White Houses for the first time in 20 years, and will be the first of a series of meetings between the two presidents on sports and entertainment.
This event, the first in a series, will be held in the Oval Office in a conference room that is part of the president’s “inner circle,” including the WhiteHouse.gov team and the sports teams and owners that are participating in the meeting.
This includes the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, the MLB National League’s Los Angeles Dodgers, the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, and Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls.
The meeting will be hosted by the Whitehouse.gov, an initiative of the Department of Energy, and the White house office of media relations, which will be responsible for coordinating the event and the day’s activities.
The president has made a number of commitments regarding sports and the power of sport in American society, including a recent speech where he announced the creation of the Sports and Entertainment Coalition, a group of major sports organizations and players.
The sports meeting has also been a source of friction for the Trump administration.
The event was scheduled to take place in June, the same month as the NCAA Final Four, the men’s college basketball tournament that will feature the NCAA men’s basketball championship.
The NCAA was not able to secure a venue to hold the meeting, and organizers were forced to postpone the event to April, despite the NCAA’s repeated requests to host the event in 2021.
The postponement was a clear attempt to put the NCAA in a position to secure an agreement for hosting the event.
While the league has a history of hosting sporting events that it deems necessary, like the 2016 NBA All-Star game, the Trump White House has had a difficult time obtaining the necessary venues to host these events.
In 2016, the White of the US Olympic Committee was forced to cancel a conference that had been scheduled to be held on the day of the 2020 Winter Games in South Korea, after the Trump Administration withdrew its support for the event, which was to be a joint event between the United States and Japan.
The president has also pushed back against the efforts of other sports leagues to host future events.
The NFL, for instance, has had its season in the White and its playoff games postponed several times.
In September of 2017, the NFL and the Trump campaign agreed to postpone their season-ending Super Bowl championship games from February to April of 2020.
The 2018 and 2022 playoffs, however, were rescheduled to be the next two years.
The White House’s attempt to leverage sports and social media to advance Trump’s agenda in 2017 was a major setback for the league, which had a strong following among athletes.
In February, NFL owners and players signed a letter urging the White a to the NFL to move beyond the political arena and embrace social media and the internet.
The letter, which also included a statement from the league president, Michael Signora, stated, “We hope that the administration will heed the advice and call for a complete reinstatement of the playoffs and the national championship in 2020 and beyond.”
“We are optimistic that the White houses team of sports and sports entertainment will be able to develop a productive partnership that will promote and sustain the league and the game in the 21st century,” the letter continued.
“We encourage the NFL, the National Basketball Association, and any other organizations that may be interested in participating to reach out to us.
We look forward to meeting with you to explore the possibilities.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.