KC Royals chairman says sports is embedded in us, but should not interfere in greater good

Posted at 9:56 AM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 10:56:17-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Royals owner John Sherman said that while sports are deeply embedded in people's lives, they should never stand in the way of the greater good.

Major League Baseball has delayed opened day by at least two weeks in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sherman said in a news release while it was difficult to have pre-season games canceled, and the season delayed, it was the right decision by Commissioner Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball, insuring that the first priority was and will continue to be the health and well-being of fans, players and staff alike.

Sherman added that the announcement has created questions around games and tickets and schedules. Preliminary answers can be found at

Sherman said the Royals, along with health experts, will continue to create, implement and communicate policies and practices aimed at the safety and health of players, fans and staff when baseball returns.

The Royals Chairman and CEO said, according to the release the Royals are committed to using their voice to support and serve the community. In addition to the steps above, they are working to develop programs that help support Greater Kansas City outside of the ballpark.