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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.

Blogs

It makes perfect sense why people care about the NFL's latest scandal more than the State of the Union address: because it’s real.

January 21, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali shared a bond in their commitment against war and for social justice. It wasn’t a popular bond and it deserves to be remembered. 

January 18, 2015

The success of the Palestinian national soccer team has always been about more than wins and losses. 

January 15, 2015

My sportswriting mentor and hero Mike Marqusee has died. If you don’t know his work, here is a time to learn it.

January 13, 2015

Ohio State and Oregon will play for the college football title, with little regard for the effect on their academic mission.

January 12, 2015

The USOC’s choice to propose having the 2024 Olympics to Boston should be seen as a call to protest.

January 9, 2015

A bipartisan team of power brokers is fighting for the 2024 Summer Olympics to come to Washington, DC. Here is why we should resist.

January 6, 2015

Dave Zirin appeared on MSNBC's The Reid Report to talk about the passing of the trailblazing ESPN anchor, Stuart Scott.

January 5, 2015

When I was at my lowest, Stuart Scott’s words reframed cancer for me in an indelible manner.

January 5, 2015

Florida State administrators and football fans are involved in a dangerous, highly lucrative exercise in creating their own reality about sexual assault.

January 1, 2015