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SBD/Issue 86/Sports & Society
NBA's Diversity Far Exceeds Other Major U.S. Sports Leagues
Published January 22, 2009
|Bob Johnson Remains The Only Black Owner
Of A Major Professional Sports Franchise
STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE: SI.com's Arash Markazi wrote while President Barack Obama may have "endeared himself to sports fans with his love of basketball and his staunch support of a college football playoff, the impact he's had on the usually apolitical athletes of today's generation was apparent." Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez, who spoke at the Latino Inaugural Ball Tuesday night, said, "This is the first time in my life that I've ever been political about anything" (SI.com, 1/21). FanHouse.com's Jay Mariotti said all sorts of athletes are "now coming out of the woodwork and wanting to be active. … How can that not help this country?" Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw said Obama "will get athletes and other people maybe more interested, committed in politics.” Denver Post columnist Woody Paige added Obama "is going to have a totally positive influence on sports, on all different levels” (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 1/21). GOLF WORLD's Bill Fields writes there is "little appeal to the celebrity who shoots from the lip about every cause du jour," but golfer Tiger Woods, who Sunday spoke at Obama's inauguration celebration in DC, "could turn out to be the perfect example of a thoughtful sportsman who picks his spots." His speech on Sunday "just might be where Tiger took baby steps toward something grander than his game" (GOLF WORLD, 1/26 issue).
Writer Believes Venus Williams Should Have
Voiced Stronger Political Statement