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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.


On Up with Chris Hayes, Dave Zirin discusses this year’s controversial Super Bowl ad. 

January 14, 2013

Lance Armstrong will attempt the impossible comeback this week. Given the masters he must appease, Oprah will not be enough.

January 14, 2013

The decision to elect no one to the baseball Hall of Fame class of 2013 will go down in infamy.

January 10, 2013

Nation sports columnist Dave Zirin questions the Baseball Hall of Fame for not selecting players accused of—or even vaguely connected with—steroid usage.

January 10, 2013

A liberal Washington Post columnist wrote about football star Robert Griffin III’s injury on Sunday. He ended up saying a whole lot more.

January 8, 2013

How do we begin to explain the exponentially different levels of attention paid to crimes of violence and power at Penn State and Notre Dame?

January 7, 2013

Kevin-Prince Boateng has made clear that the old, meek ways of fighting the racism of fans is no longer good enough.

January 3, 2013

Was this the wildest football game ever?

December 31, 2012

As the media turn a critical eye toward the NRA president, they might want to follow suit with the commissioner of the National Football League.

December 28, 2012

A series of awful stories topped the Associated Press’s “sports stories of the year.”

December 21, 2012