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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?

Many South Africans were cheering for the Netherlands in yesterday's World Cup final—some embracing a connection to Dutch forbears, others to the Netherlands' solidarity in the struggle against apartheid.

 LeBron James's relocation to Miami is bad for everyone besides ESPN, Dave Zirin tells Chris Hayes on The Rachel Maddow Show.

In "honor" of the ignominous end of the career of Lt. General Stanley McChrystal, at the hands of Rolling Stone magazine, let's take a moment to remember why Lt. Gen. McChrystal never deserved to be promoted lat year. He deserved to be indicted.

Blogs

We expect players to be loyal, but don’t ask the same of those who sign their checks.

March 7, 2012

Reactions to revelations that an NFL team took out “bounties” on opponents tell a story of a sport desperate to mask the effects of violence.

March 5, 2012

We might have ourselves a good-old fashioned strike scenario during the London Olympic games.

February 29, 2012

Jock for Justice Joseph Williams is putting his health on the line for a cause in which he deeply believes.

February 27, 2012

UVA football player Joseph Wiliams is on a hunger strike so campus workers can get a living wage. As you can read, he has the politics and depth to back up his concerns.

February 25, 2012

Because a set of bizarre circumstances surrounding his drug test, reigning MVP Ryan Braunhas become the first player in history to successfully challenge a steroid-related penalty in a grievance.

February 24, 2012

The sports world has no anti-racist mental apparatus for how to talk about an Asian-American player.

February 19, 2012

It’s an easy comparison. It’'s also dead wrong. The conflation of their stories does little more than burnish Tebow’s credentials at Lin’s expense.

February 15, 2012

Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is the first Asian-American in the NBA. He’s also a lot more.

February 9, 2012

The aftermath of the Port Said "riot" has been the exact opposite of what the military rulers expected.

February 7, 2012