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Professional soccer does everything to castrate its own energy of happiness, but it survives in spite of all the spites.

Brazil World Cup

The Cup has become a tool for neoliberal plunder—but Brazilians are fighting back.

Stadium in Brazil

Sports tournaments will pollute air for “the earth’s lungs.”

Sasha Menu Courey

To curb sexual assault, victims need allies and advocates. Former University of Missouri football player Rolandis Woodland is a model for this.

Scaffold Brigada

In the London neighborhood of Forest Gate, the spark of a soccer revolution is brewing.

Dave Zirin and Samantha Retrosi

The Nation's sports editor Dave Zirin will join former luge competitor Samantha Retrosi to take reader questions on the politics of the Olympic games.

Sochi illustration

The Russian government’s anti-gay scapegoating diverts attention from what appears to be the most corrupt Olympics in history.

John Carlos

“You need to follow your conscience, follow your heart and follow your wisdom.”

Sochi rubble

Illegal waste dumps, displacement of residents, harsh retribution against local activists: Sochi has it all.


Kim Jong-un loved basketball. Could Dennis Rodman be America’s best liaison to North Korea? 

March 5, 2013

Florida Atlantic University students are saying “no” to renaming the school’s football stadium after a private prison.

March 3, 2013

A list of some of the most memorable cultural and sports moments in this country.

February 28, 2013

Questioning a player’s sexuality is more than an embarrassment for the NFL. It’s illegal.

February 28, 2013

Royce White is a National Basketball Association first round draft pick, an advocate for players’ mental health and, much to the NBA’s chagrin, a lucid critic of capitalism.

February 25, 2013

The murder of Reeva Steenkamp has generated conversation about everything except what really matters: the global epidemic of violence against women.

February 20, 2013

Sports Illustrated, which rarely writes book reviews, recently covered Nation sports editor Dave Zirin’s Game Over.

February 20, 2013

Has anyone done less with more than MJ?

February 19, 2013

Pro basketball player Royce White is laying claim to a powerful tradition by standing up for mental health in a society growing more stressful by the day.

February 13, 2013

A recent symposium at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian showed how the pressure is rising to change the name.

February 11, 2013