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NFL Lockout!

Here is the naked truth: we face the prospect of no pro football in 2011 because the union made a three-word demand that would not have cost owners a dime—open your books.

Will the labor dispute between NFL players and owners lead to a lockout?

When President Obama framed an NFL lockout and the possible cancellation of the 2011 season as a quarrel between billionaires and millionaires, he missed the point.

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.

Blogs

While owners and team executives openly throw their cash and endorsements in the political arena, players are often kept silenced through their contracts and team policies.

October 3, 2012

Pick a women’s college basketball team, and cheer them on this season.

October 2, 2012

The once-imprisoned Sarsak is protesting the presence of a former Israeli Defense Forces soldier at the game.

October 1, 2012

Collective bargaining got the real refs back on the football field. It’s a useful tool that should be defended, not attacked.

September 28, 2012

The collective scorn finally punctured the owners' magical mental space, bringing them to the negotiating table to settle.

 

September 27, 2012

Commissioner Roger Goodell echoes the anti-labor rhetoric of Mitt Romney and Scott Walker.

September 26, 2012

In the ongoing lockout of NFL referees, we have officially now made the journey from tragedy to farce.

September 25, 2012

The players need to strike to end the referee lockout before someone gets hurt.

September 24, 2012

In both boxing and voting cases the strategy is the same: keep the opponent away.

 

September 21, 2012

 Marcelo Freixo stands against involuntary displacements for the Olympics and World Cup.

September 20, 2012