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Dolphins owner Ross leads a politically active NFL

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson made some news Monday when he said it's more important to him to have Republican candidate Mitt Romney win the upcoming presidential election than having the Jets enjoy a winning season.

"Well I think you always have to put country first," Johnson said on Bloomberg TV. "So I think it's very, very important that not only for us but particularly for our kids and grandkids that this election come off with Mitt Romney and Ryan as president and vice-president."

Two things:

I admire the man for having the right priorities. Any presidential election is indeed more important and has more far-reaching consequences than a football season, regardless which party wins.

And, Johnson might be on the road to getting his wish because while Romney still has a chance to pull the upset, his Jets look cooked despite their 2-2 record. New York's best player (cornerback Darrelle Revis) is out for the year, their best offensive player (Santonio Holmes is seeing a foot specialist because there are fears he has the dreaded lis franc injury) and there are calls to replace the quarterback.

But Johnson is not the only NFL owner who has involved himself in the coming election. In fact, Johnson is not even Romney's most ardent supporter despite his words.

The NFL owner who has put the most money behind his Romney support, according to The Washington Examiner is Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.

Truth is the NFL is leaning well in the Romney camp with three times as much money donated to Romney than President Barack Obama. And Ross has led that charge, donating $100,000 to the pro-Romney super PAC, Restore Our Future, $20,800 to the Republican National Committee, $5,000 to Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC and $2,500 to Mitt Romney.

Johnson, by comparison, has donated a total of $65,700 to the Romney cause.

The owners of the Cowboys, Browns, Chiefs, Jaguars, Jets, Dolphins, Texans, Chargers, Redskins, Bengals and Cardinals have all contributed to Romney.

Obama has gotten donations from the ownership of the Steelers and Patriots. Other democrat-leaning owners such as those in Atlanta, Baltimore, and Philadelphia have yet to donate as of the last reporting period.

One interesting tidbit about the Rooney family that owns the Steelers: While Dan Rooney was all in for Obama and was rewarded with an ambassardorship to Ireland, Tom Rooney, the nephew of Steelers' executive Tim Rooney, is running for re-election to congress in Florida and he is a Republican.

NFL players have also been politically active in donating. Their donations are more evenly divided among Democrats and Republicans. Former University of Miami and current New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle has contributed $10,000 to the Obama campaign.

Current Broncos QB Peyton Manning has contributed $12,000 to the campaign of two Republican senators.

 

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The top 1% of income earners pay 40% of all collected income tax in this country;the top10% of income earners pay 71% of all collected income tax....the bottom 49% pay 0% (zero). That's for all the idiot Dem-socialist who claim 'the rich do not pay their fair share' . Funny how the facts get in the way of hyperboly.

hyperbole

YES I'M A LIFE LONG DOLPHIN FAN AND I'M A DEMOCRAT! I WANT THE TEAM TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND WIN AND I ALSO WANT THE FANS TO BE JUST AS HAPPY AS I WHEN THEY WIN! FOR THE PLAYERS THAT I PULL FOR I CARE LESS WHETHER THEY ARE DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS! WHATEVER IS BEST FOR THE TEAM! THIS IS EXACTLY HOW I FEEL ABOUT THE COUNTRY! WHATEVER IS BEST! IF REPUBLICANS HAD A BETTER CANDIDATE THIS RACE WOULD NOT BE CLOSE! IF WE HAD MADE BOTH FG'S THE LAST TWO WEEKS WE WOULD BE 3-1! WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS WHAT'S BEST FOR THE HARD EARNED PEOPLE TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET INSTEAD OF HOW MUCH MONEY YOU SPEND ON TAXES! WOODY JOHNSON HAS HIS RIGHT TO FEEL AND SAY HOW HE FEELS! SO DO I! F...CK HIM! F...CK ROMNEY! AND UNTIL THE DOLPHINS START WINNING! F..CK ROSS! YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO RUN A TEAM BECAUSE YOU'RE AFRAID IF YOU'RE TOO SUCCESSFUL YOU'D HAVE TO PAY THE PLAYERS TOO MUCH! THEN WHY DID YOU BUY THE TEAM? SIMPLE ANSWER! IT SAVES YOU ON YOUR TAXES! GREAT! THAT'S YOUR CHOICE THIS IS MINE! GO DOLPHINS! F...CK ROSS! GO OBAMA! F..CK ROMNEY!

Don't watch TV much, but I caught a Romney commercial during Sunday Night Football. That guy's scary. People bashed Bush, but Romney is Reagan scary with the way he demonizes welfare. Caring about the welfare of others should be an admirable thing, but Romney makes it out to be a sin. I think he's the type who would kill me if it meant he could have my money.

Le ronca el mango. Salguero re-posts a story that ran on Drudge hours earlier -- hard news copying a partisan news aggregator, who (selectively) copies news stories. Art imitating art, imitating life.

Look, your sports stories are great. Your political analysis is not what I tune in for. And your Palin kerfuffle of a few years back has not been forgotten. These are Dolphins fans, we have long memories.

It's a no brainer supporting Romney. Obama has not run on his sham of a record even once.
Oh yeah Armando, you dems are really smart. Tell that to your fellow dem in Cleveland with her Obama phone. She really exudes intelligence!

Mando, the regulations, permitting and such that interfere with and make it so difficult for a small business owner to get and stay in business are always done AT THE LOCAL LEVEL by idiotic uneducated local politician-governments like we see right here in Dade County. In fact, as you may not know, not one single FEDERAL permit of any kind is required to start up a business. All of the hassle is done at the local level. The more local it gets, the more stupid and corrupt. That is why the FEDERAL government was needed to do things like end slavery and integrate schools. Wake up.

Posted by: Craig N | October 02, 2012 at 03:35 PM

Craig, just so you know. As a small business owner in Central Florida I can tell you that it's the FEDERAL Government that is regulating me out of business not the Local Government. And just so you know, it was the Republicans that freed the slaves. The Democrats started a war to keep them as salves. Just saying!

Trickle down economics NEVER worked! The rich don't create demand, the middle class majority does.

Posted by: DC Dolfan

DC, only if they have a JOB.
The Rich create JOBS!

Trickle down economics NEVER worked! The rich don't create demand, the middle class majority does.

Posted by: DC Dolfan

This isn't about demand you dumb dumb. How can someone be continually wrong in EVERYTHING he says?

We ALL know the middle class drives demand. It's the rich who own the companies which SUPPLY the demand & employ people to MEET the demand.

The government is putting incredible regulations on business owners which are shrinking their profits, preventing them from investing or hiring anyone.

STAGNATION!

LIberals just don't understand the foundation of this country. It was intended to be about LIMITED government involvement. A FREE PRESS. Neither of which is true under Obama.

Instead, you have people more dependant than EVER on the gov't for food, unemployment, free cell phones & on & on & on.

This is Obama's vision of the country. DEPENDANCE.

It's founding principles were FREEDOM & INDEPENDANCE!

Obama's America:

Government mandated Insurance
Weakest ever economic recovery
Record food stamp recipients
Record trade defecit
Longest sustained record unemployment rate
More disability apps accepted than job hiring
Incredibly apologetic & weak stance on Foreing policy
Most anti - Jewish adminstration EVER

When Obama took office in 2008, USA #1 in
gloobal competitiveness. 2009 - #2, 2010 - #3, 2011 - #4

Coincidence? NO! By Design! This is DC's & Obama's vision for America. To be UN-AMERICAN!

Don't watch TV much, but I caught a Romney commercial during Sunday Night Football. That guy's scary. People bashed Bush, but Romney is Reagan scary with the way he demonizes welfare. Caring about the welfare of others should be an admirable thing, but Romney makes it out to be a sin. I think he's the type who would kill me if it meant he could have my money.

Posted by: Romney Frightens Me | October 03, 2012 at 01:54 AM

Frightened? Why? Because he tells the people the truth about a wasteful gov't program which NOW, under Obama, has eliminated the work requirement to be able to collect welfare?

GOD FORBID YOU LEECHERS HAD TO TRY TO FIND A JOB TO OBTAIN BENEFITS.

You are a prime example of what's wrong with America. You all wanna suck the system dry & put NOTHING into it.


Could we keep politics off the sports pages and sports off the Editorial page ? Geez, you're getting
as bad as "what's-his-face" up the road who can't seem
to find out who he wants to be other than the guy who
talks music ( mostly hip-hop ) in his tweets and column. Could all of you "paid-to-be experts" stick
to the matters at hand ? In other words - The Miami Dolphins on these pages, and other sports elsewhere.

The democrats are the party of the poor, and if you want to stay poor keep voting for them!

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