Did the Atlanta Hawks Swing Georgia for Joe Biden?

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I recognize that this story may be polarizing for OutKick’s audience, many of whom support President Trump and do not like the politics of the NBA, but I want to explore the empirical idea of whether the NBA could be credited with helping to swing the election in favor of Joe Biden.

My initial thesis was that there were polling centers in NBA arenas in swing state cities such as Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Detroit. However, upon researching, while the Bucks, Pistons, Suns, and Sixers did big “get out the vote” campaigns, they did not ultimately host polling centers at their arenas.

Then there’s the Atlanta Hawks, who hosted a polling center at the State Farm Arena. A spokesperson for the franchise tells OutKick that approximately 40,000 people voted at the State Farm Arena. Currently, Joe Biden leads Donald Trump by about 10,500 votes in Georgia.

The Georgia race is tight enough that there are a number of variables that will ultimately be attributed to swinging it as the results are researched. Of the approximately 40,000 votes at the State Farm Arena, it’s quite conceivable that Biden won by a margin that exceeds the margin in the state. However, some of those voters still would have participated in the election without the State Farm Arena, so that makes it more difficult to make a determination that they are definitely responsible for the 10,500 differential in the state.

If the Hawks didn’t make the full impact to swing the vote, it’s nonetheless reasonable to say that they were a factor.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Another guy writing like the election is over which it ain’t but i guess it isn’t obvious enough for some there is no legit way Georgia went for a New England liberal with a socialist running mate. And Gary is right there has been illegal activity going on not only in this state but others as well not letting people in to observe boarding up windows tossing legal observers out. That should be the story not some absurd story if some lame chicom loving team made a difference its laughable.

    • The election is over, bro. I’m not saying this was a legit election but it’s not about what you know it’s about what you can prove. The only way this election result could be turned around would be if the Trump campaign could prove a significant number of illegitimate votes in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and/or Nevada.

      Too many states to flip. To me, this election feels like a bullshit one but you can’t cry over spilt milk now. Politics is a dirty game and the Democrats exploited the system for mass mail-in voting under the guise of coronavirus danger (in swing states). If it were just one, maybe two states in play then you might have a point. But now it’s time to move on. R’s picked up House seats and will maintain at worst a 50/50 Senate. Time to accept the system for what it is and get ready for 2024.

  2. It wouldn’t surprise me if members of the Hawks were the one visiting nursing homes and “helping” the residents fill out their ballots. There’s no way in hell Biden won Georgia without the help of fraudulent mail-in ballots.

  3. All the extra anti-Trump voters won’t be there for the dems in 2 or 4 years. And Republicans won state legislatures completely unexpectedly to the dems. They got royally fucked in this election, whether Biden won or not. And they’ll be hurting for years to come. Anybody who doesn’t see that just doesn’t understand how politics work [one word: GERRYMANDERING.]

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