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Dave Zirin asks an all-star panel of thinkers and athletes, if you could have dinner with one person in the history of sports, who would it be? Their answers reflect how our greatest sports heroes have always also fought for social justice.

In an all-star panel moderated by Dave Zirin, Michael Eric Dyson, Kevin Blackistone and Bobby Mitchell explore the positive role sports has played for the African American community over the last century.

Dan Snyder needs a reminder about his team's attempts to resist integration.

For Bobby Mitchell, integrating the last whites-only football team in the NFL was a greater challenge than most Americans can grasp, and remains part of a period in sports history few even know about.

Leading an all-star panel of thinkers and athletes, The Nation's Dave Zirin asks, why is the history of sports and the African American experience so deeply intertwined?

Dave Zirin says that the Green Bay Packers are a special case in football, representing a possibility for community involvement and social change rarely seen in sports.

By this year's Super Bowl, if you are still passionately following football or, worse, allowing your kid to play, you may just be an old-fashioned imperialist running dog.

The new documentary from The Nation's explores the intersection of sports and politics in America.

After two avoidable deaths and an accusation of sexual assault by a Notre Dame player, it’s past time that the storied football squad had its program suspended.

According to Scahill, foreign policy isn't that different today from what it was during the Bush years—if anything, Obama has increased secrecy around issues like torture and targeted killings abroad, and has expanded the power of government to spy on US citizens.

Blogs

Nation contributor Dave Zirin talks about LGBT rights in Russia, the Redskins name change debate and the importance of speaking out on Totally Biasedwith W. Kamau Bell.</p>

September 23, 2013

Rick Reilly of ESPN argues that Native Americans love the word “Redskins” and people who hate it are all white. Seriously.

September 18, 2013

The death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, former Florida A&M safety, demands our attention.

September 16, 2013

Dave Zirin and Bill Moyers talk about the point where sports and politics collide.

September 13, 2013

Finally, Native American voices are being heard by the media in protest of the name “Redskins.”

September 13, 2013

The NYPD’s extensive monitoring of Arab and South Asian sports events has put a big question mark over the reasoning behind the department’s own sponsored leagues.

September 10, 2013

Last night's Ravens-Broncos game displayed moments that will be a common thread throughout the season.

September 6, 2013

What I learned from my failure to flunk an “amateur” college football star.

September 3, 2013

There is a disturbing amount of Walter White in the NFL commissioner.

September 3, 2013