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On sports and politics: NFL leans right, NBA leans left

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Can we surmise that David Stern is a Democrat? If so, considered me completely surprised. The Grio reports:

Since 2009, Stern — who also was in attendance at Carter’s fundraiser — has given nearly $312,000 in contributions to help Democratic candidates. In 2011, he gave the maximum legal gift of $30,800 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

I don’t know that I can really express why Stern leaning left was an eyebrow raiser for me. But I do know that it’s no surprise to me that the NFL leans more to the right.

While the NBA has been one of the biggest supporters of Democrats and has become the most liberal leaning of the four major sports leagues, the National Football League and its PAC have made $2.8 million in political contributions since 2009, with 58 percent — or $1.6 million — going to the GOP.

I’d bet the numbers prior to 2009 were even more skewed right. Speaking of righties, Phillip Rivers has thrown his support behind Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum citing his support of Christian values as the reason. Rivers says:

I am supporting Rick Santorum for President because of his stance on issues that attack vital Christian values our country was founded upon: no abortion, upholding traditional marriage, defending religious freedom, no euthanasia.

More specifics about how individual teams spent money in politics in The Griot article with the overall message being the NBA is noticeably more liberal. Good topic. Kudos to The Griot.

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