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LA Times Today: Sports and politics are now mixing on ESPN and other networks
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LA Times Today: Sports and politics are now mixing on ESPN and other networks

Watch L.A. Times Today at 7 p.m. on Spectrum News 1 on Channel 1 or live stream on the Spectrum News App. Palos Verdes Peninsula and Orange County viewers can watch on Cox Systems on channel 99.

There was a time when professional athletes were expected to stay away from politics. But racism and social justice have become central issues in sports.

And now, athletes are speaking out often and forcefully on their biggest platform: sports television.

L.A. Times TV media reporter Stephen Battaglio has written about this and joined us from New York City.