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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.

The nationwide boycott of the Arizona law has hit the sports arena: demonstrators outside ball parks in cities across the country are demanding that baseball owners move the 2011 All Star Game out of Arizona.

Only six players in the history of baseball have hit 600 home runs and Alex Rodriguez is one hit away from being the seventh. So why aren't fans making this a big deal?


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

On Up with Chris Hayes, Dave Zirin discusses this year’s controversial Super Bowl ad. 

January 14, 2013

Lance Armstrong will attempt the impossible comeback this week. Given the masters he must appease, Oprah will not be enough.

January 14, 2013

The decision to elect no one to the baseball Hall of Fame class of 2013 will go down in infamy.

January 10, 2013

Nation sports columnist Dave Zirin questions the Baseball Hall of Fame for not selecting players accused of—or even vaguely connected with—steroid usage.

January 10, 2013

A liberal Washington Post columnist wrote about football star Robert Griffin III’s injury on Sunday. He ended up saying a whole lot more.

January 8, 2013

How do we begin to explain the exponentially different levels of attention paid to crimes of violence and power at Penn State and Notre Dame?

January 7, 2013