Are Jews more involved in sports than we think?


Baseball bat, ball and glove 
By: Ari Schwartz

This week marked the end of an era in the NBA.

David Stern has officially announced his retirement as commissioner of the NBA. Stern revolutionized the game of basketball and had a major effect on the NBA’s popularity worldwide.

After 30 years as commissioner, Stern announced that Adam Silver will be replacing him. Besides for both being lawyers, what do they have in common? You guessed it, they’re both Jewish.

As a matter of fact, Bud Selig (commissioner of MLB), Roger Goodel (commissioner of NFL), Don Garber (commissioner of MLS) and Gary Bettman (commissioner of the NHL) are all Jewish.

Out of 32 NFL teams, 19 are owned by Jews. 17 out of 30 NBA teams are owned by Jews (In other words, if you’re watching an NBA game, there’s a 32% chance that both teams are owned by Jews). There are 10 MLB teams owned by Jews. Not to mention dozens of general managers, coaches and team presidents who are Jewish.

Some of the most successful sports agents are Jewish. Richard Lovett and Scott Boras (who represents players like Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury) are just a couple of examples.

When you think about the fact that Jews barely make up 2% of the U.S. population, these are astonishing numbers.
What about on the field? There are just 4 Jewish players in the NFL (No, they’re not all kickers).

There are currently 2 Jewish players in the NBA (4 if you include Jordan Formar who’s dad is Jewish and Amare Stoudamire who’s claim to Judaism is a tattoo of a Magen David). Baseball, which perhaps requires less size and athletic abilities, has 15 Jewish players.

It seems like Jews are an essential part of sports behind the scenes. Although, we’d like to see more Jews live out their dreams and make it to the big leagues.

Everyone knows the story of the little Jewish boy who asked his dad if he can be a baseball player when he grows up. The dad answered, “son, you have more chances of owning a team than playing on one.” It seems like this story couldn’t be further from the truth.


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