Pirates President and General Manager Jawad Yatim Gives Update on National Arena League Season

By Sam Gordon

An update has finally arrived for National Arena League fans.

Massachusetts Pirates president and general manager Jawad Yatim talked about the procedures the league is taking to create safe environments.

“Right now all of the organizations in the league are communicating with their arena’s and putting the necessary protocols in place to ensure that we do provide a safe environment for all involved if we are able to get a season kicked off this summer,” Yatim said.

Yatim also revealed when the league will have a decision on when a possible season will start.

“We are aiming for a mid-June timetable to make a final decision on whether we will be playing this season or not. Our absolute goal is to compete and from speaking with our players they echo that sentiment,” Yatim said. “If we do decide to move forward with playing, we are looking at an early July kickoff to the season and potentially going into September for playoffs and championship. There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to this situation and I can safely say the decision to play or not to play is not completely ours to make.”

As phase one comes to a close in Massachusetts, Yatim praised all of the first responders that are making reopening possible.

“As we commence in the process of reopening, we have all of our medical professionals, front liners, and essential workers to thank for that,” Yatim said. “We can’t praise them enough and we hope to be able to safely strap on our helmets this season and represent our great state of Massachusetts the way we know-how. As we get more concrete information to provide you all, we will certainly do so. Go, Pirates.”