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Posted: Tuesday February 28, 2006 2:19PM; Updated: Tuesday February 28, 2006 2:28PM
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SI Players Poll
[Based on a survey of 450 MLB players, 248 NBA players, 357 NFL players and 346 NHL players]
Would you welcome an openly gay teammate?
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MLB

Yes .....61.5%
No .....34.8%
Don't Know ....3.7%

NBA

Yes .....59.6%
No .....38.6%
Don't Know ....1.8%

NFL

Yes .....56.9%
No .....39.6%
Don't Know ....3.5%

NHL

Yes .....79.9%
No .....18%
Don't Know ....2.1%

FAST FACTS:Polls conducted within the last 10 months.... Brokeback Mountain, about gay cowboys, is up for Best Picture at Sunday's Academy Awards.... Former NFL defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo, who came out three years after retiring in 1999, released a memoir, Alone in the Trenches, last month.... Fewer than half of NFL rookies (41%) and of NBA rookies (48%) responded "yes." ... Among baseball players, 67.8% of those who said they would rather play for the Red Sox than for the Yankees also said they would welcome a gay teammate. Of those who picked the Yankees, only 54.2% said "yes."

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