Political contributions by pro sports owners and commissioners revealed in new report
Major League Baseball owners and commissioners donated the most money, and NASCAR had the highest percentage sent to Republicans. Here's a breakdown of six pro sports leagues over six years, including 2020.
Sports have often been an entertainment outlet for people to come together and forget about the outside world. Fans come together for one team. Not Democrat or Republican, but for Bears, Tigers, Raiders, Gators and any assortment of nicknames and colors.
In today's society, politics have infiltrated athletics—both professional and amatuer. Athletes use social media to express their personal political stances, and teams and leagues have used subtle protests to bring light on political topics-of-the-day happening in the world.
Some professional franchises have offered their large arenas as voting venues and the NFL has promotional commercials to encourage people to vote.Then there are the owners of such franchises, who reap the rewards from their teams—whether they're good or bad. Sports owners are typically less vocal than players when it comes to voicing their political stances. Instead of using a social medium to claim who they'll vote for, they simply donate to a candidate, party or political action committee (PAC).
Newsweek subscription offers >U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump talks with Richard Childress and Roger Penske prior to the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Penske and Childress have both donated thousands of dollars to Republican candidates. In fact, most political donations from sports owners and commissioners across six pro leagues go toward Republicans over Democrats.
Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesHowever, once a donation is made, it can't be deleted from record like a social media post that hadn't been screenshot yet. Although, it should be noted that some owners donated to both parties, and many donated to bi-partisan campaigns or issues.
ESPN and FiveThirtyEight compiled alist of 160wealthy sports owners from six major sports leagues over the last 4-plus years, and then statistically broke down how these owners are spending their money—politically. Read more: Newsweek »
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