President Trump has a long association with the sport, starting as a baseball player in his youth, and more recently as an avid golfer with something, often inflammatory, to say about athletes and leagues.
But White House Biden is likely to bring a lower temperature when it comes to commentary and influence on sports-related issues, but not a lack of interest. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. was a high school football player and played baseball and track and field and is committed to dismantling the policies of the Trump administration which he believes negatively affect the access of transgender athletes to sport and how sexual assault is investigated. on university campuses.
Although Mr. Biden did not wear his sports allegiances on his sleeve – as Mr. Trump and many politicians did – the playing fields have often intersected with his life, dating back to his childhood, when the sport provided a universal communication language while it handled a stutter. He was the vice-president of a big sports fan, President Barack Obama, who this summer advised NBA players who boycotted playoff games in protest against the Jacob Blake shooting.
“You see these two things happening in his life at the same time,” said Evan Osnos, the author of “Joe Biden: Life, Race and What Matters Now,” said, referring to the high school days by Mr. Biden. “First, it breaks the back of the stutter, and second, it finds its place on the football field. These converged to give him that altered sense of himself, and it’s really the start of what at that point was almost a ridiculously ambitious notion of what he might be able to do for a living. .
Mr. Biden celebrated on the field when the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl in the 2017 NFL season. Washington Nationals have already guest him to throw the first ceremonial throw on opening day. (The White House declined the Nationals’ invitation to Mr. Trump to deliver an opening speech in 2017, citing a scheduling conflict.)