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NFL news dominates the Top 5

sports-blog-index-logo12Every Monday through Thursday, Buzz Manager Blog reports the Top 5 Topics discussed by the most influential sports blogs, as rated by  Sports Media Challenge’s Sports Blog Index.

Over the past 24 hours, the NFL accounted for all of the top five topics among the top sports blogs. The most popular topic was last night’s Monday Night Football game between the Bears and the Packers, with bloggers discussing the frigid weather conditions and the Bears’ overtime win. Video of Jets DE Shaun Ellis throwing a snowball at some Seattle fans Sunday quickly made the rounds of the blogs. Bloggers cheered on Ellis for retaliating against the fans throwing snowballs at Jets players as they left the field. The conflict between Lions coach Rod Marinelli and Detroit News columnist Rob Parker remained highly discussed, with the majority of bloggers taking Marinelli’s side. The NFL playoffs were a hot topic as bloggers analyzed and predicted various playoff scenarios. Rounding out the top five was a rumor about Browns DE Shaun Smith punching teammate QB Brady Quinn during an argument in the locker room.

Blog In-Depth: Athletes expressing political views?

Buzz Manager™ analyzed blog discussion surrounding opinions on athletes publicly expressing their political views.

The Buzz ranked 4 out of 10, a topic of a medium level of interest among sports bloggers.

–     Bloggers in the Positive category praised athletes expressing their political views, feeling athletes have as much a right to an opinion as every other voter and should feel free to express it. Many enjoyed hearing athletes’ take on the historical significance of Barack Obama being elected. Others said that athletes’ opinions can raise awareness among others and serve as a catalyst for conversation. Among athletes receiving praise were Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

–     Bloggers in the Negative category disliked athletes expressing their unhappiness with the proposed Obama tax plan that would raise their taxes. Many felt this reflected negatively on the athletes given that they are paid such high salaries to begin with. Some felt that athletes should not express their political views in general, seeing it as an abuse of their celebrity status. Others felt negatively about those athletes that supported political views different from their own, saying it made it harder for them to be a fan of that athlete.

–     Bloggers in the Neutral category tended to either post quotes or videos of athletes and their political reactions, without any commentary. Some noticed the conflicting feelings some athletes may have faced in this election, due to the relative quickness with which a professional athlete’s socioeconomic class changes. Many come from low or middle income families and may still identify with those feelings, as opposed to their feelings about protecting their high salaries.

blog-hound-pie-chart-11-7-08Celebrating Barack Obama’s victory is something that can be done on one’s own time, and probably shouldn’t be something that is planned on the company’s dime. I’m not sure why anyone would feel that it’s ok for athletes to make these sorts of political statements when they are “at work,” but I’m sure if anyone in a normal job were to celebrate election results at work in a way that could potentially damage the company, it would result in punitive action. Is there a reason that athletes feel the need to abuse the public stage to express political views? I’m certainly not suggesting they be censored, but I do believe a certain amount of discretion should be considered, and I’m not sure that I see that in sports today. It doesn’t matter who the athlete is supporting. Whether it’s Marshall celebrating Obama’s victory, or Brady Quinn stumping for John McCain, there’s no reason for it. It’s not only an abuse of their celebrity status, it’s also a testament to the ignorance of the American voter.” – Fan IQ

Here are my Top 10 Reasons as to why we need MORE political expression from athtletes and more politically charged questions from the media in Sports. Freedom of speech and political participation are kind of important concepts. … When is the last time you didn’t cheer when your least favorite player hit a home run or scored a touchdown for your favorite team? And when was the last time a winning team didn’t seem to develop wonderful team chemistry? Besides, expressing your political views is not inconsistent with basic civility. … There is also nothing wrong with an athlete simply saying they have no opinion or that they don’t wish to share their opinion. That’s their right too and nobody would dispute that. Thus, it is silly to suggest that athletes would be unfairly “exposed” or made to look bad if the issues of politics came up. Athletes, like all citizens, have complete control over their level of involvement. …  Athletes don’t need to be “experts”to express political views any more than you or I do. This is the United States of America. We all get to speak. Some of the most ignorant people in the country are political talk show hosts. What exactly is their “qualification”? What credential does an athlete need? The same one you or I need. None.” – The Daily Sports Herald Blog

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