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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.

Professional athletes make lousy public officials.

While the University of Texas at Austin's football team receives generous funding, the Vietnamese language program is being cut—even though it's the third-most-spoken language in the state.

In post–World Cup South Africa, the party's over: massive strikes and rapid erosion of the World Cup spirit speak to a serious political crisis facing scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma.

It's not about the $6 hot dogs, the $9 beers or the tickets you have to get a loan for. It's about insane amount of tax dollars and corporate welfare that goes into American sports right now.

Blogs

The death of four time Mayor Marion Barry sent shockwaves through the District.

November 23, 2014

Is Roger Goodell exploiting an instance of child abuse to save his personal and professional brand?

November 20, 2014

The prescription drug abuse enabled by NFL teams is only the latest issue that has the federal government ready to breach the political moat that has long surrounded the world of football.

November 18, 2014

You don't become the first woman elected to head a men’s sports union by playing nice.

November 16, 2014

The United States is pushing to host the 2024 Oympics. Be afraid. Be very afraid. 

November 13, 2014

The ways in which the individual failings of athletes are discussed are profoundly coded by race.

November 11, 2014

People in power want these athletes to go away precisely because their own moral failings signal a far deeper rot.

November 6, 2014

The largest demonstration in history against the NFL’s racial slur of a brand has roots north of the border.

November 2, 2014

A bafflingly sexist move could scar the 2015 Women's World Cup.

October 31, 2014

UNC’s recently uncovered unprecedented cheating scandal took place in the department of African and Afro American studies, a fact which has raised an age-old, prejudicial argument on the legitimacy of the field of study.

October 29, 2014