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Sports has a rich tradition of resistance politics. 

From Jackie Robinson and the first integrated sports teams to Pat Tillman and our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, sports is woven into the fabric of our nation.

 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.


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

A terrific quote by Coach John Harbaugh at the Ravens victory rally deserves its historic context.

February 6, 2013

Appearing on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, the Nation writer discusses the false gap between sports and politics. 

February 4, 2013

Taking another look at a couple of Super Bowl ads that raise questions about the media.

February 4, 2013

The Super Bowl's thirty-four-minute blackout was a moment that says so much about the USA in the twenty-first century.

February 4, 2013

Homophobic comments have roiled the Super Bowl week in New Orleans.

February 1, 2013

Soccer fan clubs helped topple Hosni Mubarak. Now they’re protesting the Morsi regime and its defense of murderous security forces.

January 29, 2013

Nation writer Dave Zirin talks with MSNBC’s Craig Melvin about how politics and sports are more intertwined now than ever before.

January 28, 2013