The Oklahoma City Thunder begin every basektball game with a rare sight these days: a word of prayer.
Andrew Keh of The New York Times noted that the Thunder are one of very few professional teams to start off their games with an invocation.1 comment on this story
"Public, pre-event prayers are not uncommon at private college games and auto races," Keh wrote, and BYU is no exception to that. "But no other NBA team conducts a pregame invocation, and across all of North America’s major men’s professional teams — there are 141 in all, if one includes Major League Soccer — it is believed that only one other organization, the Carolina Panthers of the NFL, has an invocation as part of its normal pregame presentation."
These prayers aren't exclusively Christian. Those giving these prayers range from Protestant and Catholic clergy to Rabbis and Native American spiritual leaders.