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The notoriously apolitical Tiger Woods's presence at Barack Obama's pre-inauguration concert could have been momentous. But it wasn't.

A sports arena and a basketball team recently have become the unlikely setting and target of protests against Israel's attacks on Gaza.

In 2008, the wall between sports and politics, which we are told is as immutable as Gibraltar, was not only challenged, it was
thoroughly breached.

The Nation's Dave Zirin revisits the highlights of 2008 and sheds light on the late season meltdown of the New York Jets.

The path to the White House shouldn't be easier than the path to coach college football at Oregon State.

Billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been accused of insider trading. Is he guilty or just a target because of his larger-than-life persona and populist appeal?

All the Denver Broncos wideout l wanted to do was celebrate Obama's victory--but his teammates censored him and the media ridiculed him. Why?

Merritt Paulson, son of Henry Paulson, asks the city of Portland to fund his new sports stadiums even though he can afford it.

The best-known hockey mom in the country gets booed at a game in Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. Failing candidate, failed bank, failed stunt: you can't make this stuff up.

Polititians routinely manipulate Americans' fixation with sports. But Sarah Palin plays an extreme--and disingenuous--version of the game.

Blogs

The Ted Wells report about Miami Dolphins locker room bullying produces more questions than answers.

February 14, 2014

Why has the mainstream, right-wing response to NFL prospect and SEC defensive player of the year Michael Sam’s announcement that he is gay been a chorus of crickets? 

February 13, 2014

Don’t let the glowing press around Mizzou distract from the school’s awful response to a rape allegation.

February 12, 2014

It’s been ninety years since ski jumping became an Olympic sport. Today was the first time women could compete.

February 11, 2014

According to Nation sports editor Dave Zirin, it’s NFL executives and not NFL players who are scared of having a gay player in the locker room.

February 11, 2014

Will Michael Sam’s coming out force NFL owners to make the league more inclusive?

February 11, 2014

“A lot of money was spent, a lot of damage incurred, and now we don't know what to do with what we've got.”

February 11, 2014

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