LAST WEEK SI
conducted a poll of nearly 350 players in the three major in-season
leagues—MLB, the NHL and the NBA—asking them which candidate they support in
the presidential election. (Only eligible voters were surveyed, and they were
guaranteed anonymity.) Some made well-reasoned arguments: one NHL player gave a
long, thoughtful explanation of his choice, concluding that he liked John
McCain because the senator can "work both sides of the aisle." And many
NBA players, who overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama, were more interested in
making this a historic election than getting their taxes lowered. Others, not
so much. A baseball player explained that he's voting for Obama because the
team's trainer "said a bunch of nice things about him."
Here's a sampling
of what players liked and disliked about each candidate.
The NBA, where he
topped McCain by a nearly 8-to-1 margin.
Being African-American weighed in his favor with many. "That's a
factor," said one NBA player. "But at the end of the day, I want
somebody who's going to look out for all Americans."
"He'll bring back prestige to the leader of the free world," said one
baseball player. "I think Obama is the JFK for this generation." Said a
hockey player, "I see him on Oprah, and I think he's a sincere
"What's going on in politics now isn't working," said one NBA player,
echoing the message of many.