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Tracking political donations of wealthy sports owners

American professional sports owners have contributed nearly $47 million in federal elections since 2015.

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Sports owners donate millions to politicians every year, and here's why

For people who run professional sports franchises, these contributions aren't always what they appear to be.


NASCAR to run first dirt race in Cup since 1970

NASCAR will field six road-course races; the first dirt race for the Cup Series since 1970; and new stops in Nashville, Tennessee, and Austin, Texas, in the 2021 schedule, it announced Wednesday. Gone are races at Kentucky Speedway and Chicagoland.

Kentucky, Chicagoland off '21 NASCAR schedule

Kentucky Speedway has lost its spot on NASCAR's schedule for 2021, the racetrack said Tuesday night. In addition, the mayor of Joliet, Illinois, told The Athletic that Chicagoland Speedway is also off the '21 calendar.


Michael Jordan's road to being a NASCAR owner, 14 years in the making

Michael Jordan is now a NASCAR team owner. His teaming up with Denny Hamlin and Bubba Wallace isn't as strange as it might sound.

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Stephen A.: MJ is becoming a pioneer by forming NASCAR team

Stephen A. Smith explains how Michael Jordan is becoming a pioneer and diversifying NASCAR by forming a team with Bubba Wallace as the driver.


Jordan, Hamlin fielding NASCAR Cup car with Wallace as driver

Ryan McGee explains how Michael Jordan came to partner with Denny Hamlin to field a NASCAR Cup car that will have Bubba Wallace as the driver.


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