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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.

With many teams undergoing new megastadium projects, players and fans are getting the short end of the stick.


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

What’s a little permanent brain damage when you’re facing a life of debilitating poverty?

January 28, 2013

A positive push for LGBT rights will, believe it or not, be part of Super Bowl week in New Orleans.

January 26, 2013

When Manti Te’o told the world his girfriend had died, the media ran with the story without checking the facts. They’re doing it again.

January 24, 2013

The “giant triplets” of poverty, racism and militarism that Dr .Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life to challenge are on full display in the National Football League.

January 21, 2013

What really happened in the case of star Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend?

January 19, 2013

In fessing up to performance enhancing drug use, the cycling icon failed on form and content.

January 18, 2013

When the bizarre story broke about Manti Te’o and his fake virtual girlfriend, the response of Notre Dame spoke volumes.

January 17, 2013