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Redskins helmets

Conservatives have a convenient belief that when it comes to racism, it’s all about intent. 

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

For decades, Native Americans have fought to change the NFL team’s name. Now, finally, there’s a groundswell for change.

Protests in Brazil

What could have provoked such massive protests against a soccer festival from the sport’s most passionate fans?

San Antonio Spurs

The underdogs may have enough in the tank to surprise us again next year.

Protests in Brazil

Most Brazilians feel that the biggest football festival in the world, along with the foundation of their country, is being stolen from them.

NCAA press conference

The annual hoops hysteria known as March Madness generates a tidal wave of revenue—but the players don’t receive a dime of it.

Black September commando

The security mania and spending orgy of our present-day Olympics were truly born that tragic September, forty years ago. 

A Jeremy Lin fan

The NBA point-guard phenom has sparked a national discussion about racism against Asian-Americans.
 

Joe Hill, Joe Pa, Tebow and Wee Brains.

International soccer lost a hero when Socrates, the masterful Brazilian midfielder who captained Brazil’s famed 1982 World Cup squad, died last weekend.

Blogs

The big guy upstairs picks sides in the Super Bowl. 

February 11, 2014

Speaking on C-SPAN, former US Olympic luge member Samantha Retrosi spoke about the tenuous position of amateur athletes.

February 10, 2014

All-American Michael Sam’s coming out is new and historic. The early reaction by NFL GMs is tired and bigoted.

February 10, 2014

Why did Marcus Smart push someone in the stands? Let’s unpack a moment that’s roiling the sports world.

February 9, 2014

Athletes are going to need to ally with four people we can now call the first political prisoners of this Olympiad. 

February 7, 2014

Samantha Retrosi and Dave Zirin appear on Democracy Now! just two days before the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

February 5, 2014

The 2014 Sochi Olympics have united the world… in disgust.

February 5, 2014

Nation sports editor Dave Zirin appears on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show to discuss the issue of medical coverage for NFL retirees.

February 3, 2014

The NFL and the military work together to spin fantasies about the harm that can result from both activities.

February 3, 2014

Russell Wilson could break multiple taboos and thrash quite a few tired tropes with a victory in the Super Bowl this Sunday.

January 31, 2014