How Sports Reshaped Politics in This U.S. City


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How Sports Reshaped Politics in This U.S. City



Atlanta Georgia became one of the most important voting areas in the country during a generation defining election. This is the story of how Atlanta’s sports players and owners helped get out the vote and created one of the largest voting centers in American history.

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If the only thing you know about sports is who wins and who loses, you’re missing the highest stakes action of all. A new era of sports, characterized by eye-popping investments, unprecedented activism and global influence have permanently moved sports from back-page entertainment to the center of the global conversation.

The past year revealed just how deeply entrenched sports are in our economics, our politics, our communities and and even our sense of ourselves. An overdue reckoning in the U.S. around race and inequality ushered in athlete activism like we’ve never seen, influencing public sentiment and national elections. Never has it been more fascinating, or important, to explore the nexus of sports, business and culture, through the eyes of fans, players, executives and owners. We’ll take you inside the most influential franchises and the decisions that resonate long after the final whistle.

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  1. Thanks for watching! This story has taken on even more relevance now given the fight over voting rights in Georgia, and it will be interesting to see how the sports teams — along with corporations based in Atlanta and beyond — continue to engage in the debate over voting access. Also will be interesting to see whether mass voting efforts like these, spurred and enabled by the pandemic, will continue in future elections.

  2. I learned a lot about Atlanna and recent political history; I hope that future political events in America and elsewhere show the unity of purpose that everyone demonstrated in combating discrimination of race.

  3. Excellent piece. So encouraging that what a difference committed people can make. So proud of these athletes and owners that made good decisions. Gives me lots of hope. What a great job you did in putting this together. As an Atlantan makes me proud!!!

  4. Jason, really great job on this. I’m a 45 yr Atl resident and sports fan and share your enthusiasm for what Atlanta’s sports and other leaders did for the country in 2020 and early 2021.

  5. Great story. I now have a better understanding of the change that can happen when players and owners of sports teams work together. To think they made such a diff in Atl and other cities followed, inspiring. Thank you for highlighting Renee Montgomery, she is an example for us all!

  6. Jason… AllI can say is WOW!. Extremely well written, production and graphics off the charts……but most importantly the role and responsibilities of sports franchises has never been more pressing…Bravo My Man!

  7. Lol Yeah we def heard about Fulton county!! We also saw controversial security camera footage from Fulton county that was swept under the rug! No wonder they don’t like the voter integrity bill!

  8. Watching politicians try to participate in sports would be more intertwining then watching athletes trying to participate in politics. If I need the opinion of one who chases balls i'd ask a dog! Ha e notwatched sports for several years.

  9. This is all BS…. as a citizen voting should be mandated on a federal level then you wouldn’t need corporation pretend like the they care or have some “nuances” idea to help the people

  10. That's my favorite quote from the movie Constantine too, along with "the devil's in the details".

    PS: can we petition to get a Constantine, John Wick crossover event? Keanu Reeves can easily play both roles simultaneously. he's dat gud.

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