Players dish on politics, gay marriage

Updated: October 10, 2012, 1:35 PM ET
By Craig Custance

In the D.C. issue of ESPN the Magazine (grab a copy if you haven't yet), there's a two-page spread that confidentially examines the politics of athletes across all four major professional sports. It's a fascinating look at the personal political views of the athletes we cover and watch compete at the highest levels.

And in comparing the NHL views to those of other sports, there were some surprising differences. Other differences were not so surprising.

One question examined whether players would re-elect their sport's commissioner if he had to run for his current office. Baseball players (57.9 percent) felt the strongest about bringing back Bud Selig if he needed to be re-elected.

As the negotiations between the NHLPA and NHL drag on, there wasn't a single one of the 13 NHL players polled who would re-elect Gary Bettman. Not one even hesitated, with the question drawing a laugh from many of the players asked.

That was the obvious issue in which NHL players were united. Two others weren't so obvious.