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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

According to Nation sports editor Dave Zirin, it’s NFL executives and not NFL players who are scared of having a gay player in the locker room.

February 11, 2014

Will Michael Sam’s coming out force NFL owners to make the league more inclusive?

February 11, 2014

“A lot of money was spent, a lot of damage incurred, and now we don't know what to do with what we've got.”

February 11, 2014

The big guy upstairs picks sides in the Super Bowl. 

February 11, 2014

Speaking on C-SPAN, former US Olympic luge member Samantha Retrosi spoke about the tenuous position of amateur athletes.

February 10, 2014

All-American Michael Sam’s coming out is new and historic. The early reaction by NFL GMs is tired and bigoted.

February 10, 2014

Why did Marcus Smart push someone in the stands? Let’s unpack a moment that’s roiling the sports world.

February 9, 2014

Athletes are going to need to ally with four people we can now call the first political prisoners of this Olympiad. 

February 7, 2014

Samantha Retrosi and Dave Zirin appear on Democracy Now! just two days before the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

February 5, 2014

The 2014 Sochi Olympics have united the world… in disgust.

February 5, 2014