The Barna Group ("a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture") recently published a piece that is very telling regarding the intersection of faith and sports in American life: Two-Thirds of Americans Say Pro Athletes Have More Influence on Soc... (2/2013).
The study is worth a look. I can't vouch for The Barna Group, but the research is fairly enlightening... and disturbing.
Anyone else find that the mixing of organized sports and organized religion is "telling"? I'll admit... I pretty much abhor sports because, like rock concerts, they remind me of a bunch of sheeples at a Billy Graham Crusade... just slightly different attire.
What about the sports/religion connection in America disturbs you most? If you as an atheist are very much into professional sports of any kind, how do you respond to the roles that some athletes use to spread their message ... Tebow being the most obvious... but what about 90% of the locker room interviews that mention God?