Re: When a proffessional player comes out gay...
This will be a big story because in the 100 plus years of the three major sports in this country (I don't consider the NHL to be a major sport) no one has come out yet. History wise, this will be a big deal.
Also, NFL fans in the more conservative, Southern parts of the country will not be so welcoming. See Dallas, Tennessee, Carolina, Atlanta for examples.