Ed, another thing that makes sports conservative is that they are a true meritocracy. If one group predominates at the highest levels in a given sport — blacks in basketball, Kenyans in marathon, East Asians in women’s golf — almost no one blames racism. Admittedly, if you speculate publicly about why this or that group might be better at this or that sport, you will get your head handed to you pretty quick. But almost everyone tacitly accepts that the demographic breakdown of a team’s roster cannot be expected to mirror that of the general population — and that whatever the reason for any discrepancies, the sport should reflect them, not be responsible for correcting them. That’s another example of conservative sports thinking.