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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

The new jerseys on the Chilean team Palestino have become a political sports controversy that is rocking the nation.

January 15, 2014

60 Minutes did its tattered reputation no favors in its report about Alex Rodriguez.

January 13, 2014

It is easy to slam the Baseball Hall of Fame voters. It is harder to understand why they leave out the game’s greats.

January 9, 2014

Do you think “Redskins” is offensive and “Seminoles” is not because it has tribal approval? Think again.

January 7, 2014

In what could be an explosive lawsuit, the NFL may have to answer for changes in Jovan Belcher’s brain that led to his murder of Kasandra Perkins and his own suicide.

January 6, 2014

The NFL’s Chris Kluwe and Aaron Rodgers have shown, in distinct ways, that progress for LGBT rights in sports is elusive.

January 2, 2014

On "Black Monday" some firings just mask the rotting stench from the owner’s box.

December 30, 2013

The Obama administation has made a welcome and provocative choice to represent the United States in Sochi.

December 18, 2013

Following some terrific feedback from readers, I now have three more people to add to my list of Sportspeople of the Year. 

December 17, 2013

Choosing Peyton Manning as its Sportsperson of the Year was a resoundingly establishment choice by Sports Illustrated that serves to obscure the rumbling resistance to the status quo throughout the sports world.

December 16, 2013