Another big football weekend is coming up, and what better way to ruin the fun than to drag politics into the discussion?
Have you ever wondered if your favorite NFL team is predominantly Republican or Democrat? Me neither. Frankly, I wouldn’t care if the Detroit Lions — the team I’ve been stuck with for over 40 years due to a bad geographic draw at birth and an unwillingness to move over 50 miles away ever since — carried the torch for the Workers World Party if they could win just one game!
But if you did care, there’s this via Politico:
NFL owners, team officials, players and coaches have overwhelmingly favored Republicans with their political contributions, according to a study released Thursday by the Center for Responsive Politics.
The report, which reviewed contributions dating back to 1989, found that combined contributions from players, owners and officials on 22 of the 32 National Football League teams have given more cash to Republicans than Democrats, and that several teams have given more than 90 percent of their contributions to the GOP.
The San Diego Chargers blew away the rest of the field with $2,455,200 in total money contributed, with most of that coming from team owner Alex Spanos, who has given more than $2 million, almost all of it to Republicans.
No other team’ made total contributions of more than $1 million, though 19 others gave at least $100,000.
The Houston Texans contributed the second-highest amount after San Diego, sending $615,256 of its $623,456 total to Republicans. Next came the Arizona Cardinals, who gave 75 percent of $337,096 to Republicans.
The contributions of all 31 NFL teams — 32 if you count my semi-beloved Detroit Lions — are in this report.
The NFL’s PAC seems to have favored Democrats, but I hope the league doesn’t lean too far to the left. Otherwise the games will be mandated to end in a 0-0 tie, the officials will confiscate all gate revenue, borrow from future concession sales for “touchdown stimulus programs” and you’ll have to give half your tailgate food to Al Gore or else it’ll be 140 degrees at game time.
The owners, though leaning mostly right, aren’t all Republican. You already may be aware that Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney endorsed Obama/Biden last year — even going so far as to perform slight alterations on their logo for one game:
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