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 There was a time—not too long ago—when black players were not allowed to play on "white" teams.

Jocks vs. Pukes

Jock Culture is a distortion of sports.

Atlantic Yards construction site

Numerous cities are littered with “downtown catalysts” that failed to catalyze.


Roller Derby marries an underground vibe with the fun of athletic competition.

Make no mistake about it: the owners lost.

The NFL's Concussion Culture

Football players from the 1980s and 1990s are turning up dead.

The National Basketball Association lockout isn't about losses. It's about breaking the union.

The general public is a lot more knowledgable about matters of sports labor issues, and everything else, than it was a decade ago.


The NFL settled its concussion lawsuit for a pittance and we are colletively letting them get away with it.

August 30, 2013

The NCAA mandated that Johnny Manziel had to give a speech detailing all the life lessons he learned this off-season. Here is a fictional accounting of what he might say. 

August 28, 2013

Protesters are calling for a global response to Russia's odious anti-LGBT laws, but a strategic response is needed. 

August 27, 2013

Leading ESPN journalists say the business side of the network always trumps journalism, even when it comes to players’ safety.

August 26, 2013

After eight hours in the sun, I’m still stunned by enormity and spirit of the crowd and still conflicted by many of the speeches.

August 24, 2013

The point guard’s on-court ability insulates him from being banished by league executives and team owners who  like unions about as much as David Stern likes baggy jeans.

August 22, 2013

The LGBT community celebrated the thought of an athletic kiss-in at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. But there may be less than meets the eye.

August 19, 2013

I’ve never seen a sports documentary that marries political nuance and energy quite like The Trials of Muhammad Ali.

August 17, 2013

A column on Fox Sports makes a ridiculous comparison, but even worse, traffics in a myth about the great Rosa Parks. 

August 11, 2013

The idea of prohibiting Russia from entering the Olympics due to its anti-LGBT oppression makes less sense the more you examine its premise.

August 9, 2013