Is Your Favorite NFL or NBA Team Republican?
1 year ago
A snapshot at where your ticket money is really going.
Hey sports fans, wondering where your ticket and beer money is going after the game? The Hill may have some answers and you may not like them.
Fans of the New York Jets, New York Yankees, Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets will be happy to know that general managers and presidents of their teams have contributed to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Which may not come as too much of a surprise given the location of the teams -- though, no love for Jon Huntsman from the Utah Jazz? No love for Ron Paul or Rick Perry from the Houston Rockets?.
However the Jets and Yankees with their free-wheeling, blank check-writing behavior actually go against the Republican's supposed fiscally conservative ways. The Hill's findings also showed a difference between who team administrators and players seem to throw their support behind.
New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Jahri Evans donated $10,000 to Obama's reelection efforts while former Heisman Trophy winner, Super Bowl MVP and current ESPN analyst Desmond Howard donated $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund over the summer.
According to a 2009 study by OpenSecrets.org, the NFL's San Diego Chargers are the most Republican team in the league, having donated the highest total (more than $2 million) to Republican candidates, while the St. Louis Rams is the most Democratic with donations reaching just over $200,000. Wondering who the politically cheapest active NFL team is? Surprise, it's the Oakland Raiders being on record as donating under $7,000 among both parties, period.