Athletes And The Presidential Race: Do Their Endorsements Matter?

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LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on before a game on Oct. 30, 2014 in Cleveland. James has endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

NBA star LeBron James is the latest prominent athlete to step into the 2016 presidential race.

James this week wrote an op-ed endorsing Hillary Clinton. James cited, among other things, Clinton’s education policies and her support for kids, subjects James has focused on himself in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

Clinton has James on her side, but Donald Trump also has some prominent sports figures in his camp, including Hall of Fame basketball coach Bobby Knight.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca about how much these endorsements matter.


Mike Pesca, Here & Now sports analyst, host of the daily podcast The Gist. He tweets @pescami.

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