One of the most difficult aspects of the coronavirus pandemic for people to reconcile is all the uncertainty it brings. 

When will we get close to normal life again? When will social distancing measures or stay-at-home orders be lifted? And for those like us who love sports and work in the field, we wonder when will professional sports leagues be able to play again.

One California official offered a somewhat gloomy outlook on the prospect. Dr. Jeffrey Smith, the Santa Clara County executive officer, says he does not expect sports for a while.

Speaking to the county’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Smith said he did not expect “any sports games until at least Thanksgiving, and we’d be lucky to have them by Thanksgiving. This is not something that’s going to be easy to do.”

The NBA has had some discussions of playing in a bubble in Las Vegas. MLB has talked about the idea of trying to play in Arizona, possibly as early as next month. President Trump is hoping to have the NFL start on schedule in the fall, with fans in attendance.

Those are all seemingly optimistic ideas and timelines, but based on Smith’s perspective, they might not be realistic.