There has been a push among sports owners to donate privately and confidentially to political campaigns, according to a source involved with ownership groups.
“Those conversations source are happening daily,” said a source involved with ownership groups across multiple sports.
While sports teams have become more publicly supportive of social issues, many of its owners remain committed to issues such as low taxes and less regulation.
An NBA owner recently ranted to confidants about the presidential election and how they are privately supporting Donald Trump with financial contributions to defeat Joe Biden.
“Listen, I’m so worried about Biden’s regulations, so I’m funding as much as I can privately and confidentially to get Trump reelected,” said the NBA owner. “I know he’s crazy, and I hope Democrats take the House and the Senate, but then Trump can block stuff and protect us on the taxes and regulation.”
‘Dark money’ contributions have become increasingly common in which a donor can funnel money through a nonprofit to political organizations.