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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.

Beck rejects soccer because his idealized 'real America'—in all its monochromatic glory—rejects it as well, says Nation sports editor Dave Zirin.

The CIA and me and other adventures in American sports.

The richest man in Russia buys the New Jersey Nets—proving that the NBA is in dire financial straits.

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Fighting for breath when police and media are declaring war against a peaceful movement could not be more pressing.

December 22, 2014

Ariyana Smith lay on the court for four and a half minutes before her team’s game on November 29. She did not know that she would be the first in a historic movement of athletes speaking out against police violence.

December 19, 2014

Andrew Hawkins was morally compelled to whack the hornets nest that is the Cleveland police union, knowing they would sting.

December 17, 2014

Before discussing the importance of seeing women’s basketball players at Notre Dame and Cal-Berkley join the on-court #BlackLivesMatter movement, let’s remember the story of the legendary Wyomia Tyus.

December 15, 2014

By breaching the walls of the sports world, we can puncture the ultimate privilege in our society: that of blissful ignorance.

December 12, 2014

We need outspoken athletes, connected to social movements, to speak directly to the masses of people who have tuned out politics.

December 10, 2014

This weekend saw a series of quiet, on-field demonstrations in memory of Michael Brown and Eric Garner that demonstrate the reach of a new movement.

December 8, 2014

College football star Jameis Winston finds himself protected by police. But not without a price. 

December 5, 2014

San Francisco already suffers from all of the problems that the Olympics would exacerbate.

December 3, 2014

The NFL has an “army” assembled to fight domestic violence.

December 1, 2014