Writes Bryan Curtis in The Ringer:

The old liberal sportswriter was a prisoner of daily newspapers. If he wanted to write about politics, he had to do it within the confines of a sports story. “You decide whether you think this is a lefty idea or not,” said Larry Merchant (above with Floyd Mayweather), who was sports editor of the Philly Daily News and a columnist at the old New York Post. “I wrote a story about a horse that had ridden in the Kentucky Derby. Now, it was in service of the national police in riot control in Washington, D.C. To me, that’s the most natural story in the world!”

https://theringer.com/how-sportswriting-became-a-liberal-profession-dc7123a5caba#.flqlx0euc