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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?

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.

Blogs

Americans want to believe that sports are the last remaining venue for honest competition—but we’ve known otherwise for years.

May 29, 2015

The future of the planned FIFA vote on Israeli soccer’s future may be in peril but it may have received an unexpected boost.

May 28, 2015

The dramatic arrests of leading FIFA officials are the tip of the iceberg. This could be the beginning of the end for the soccer federation in its current form.

May 27, 2015

Michael Sam’s need to sign with the Canadian Football League’s Montral franchise shames the NFL but could be the perfect place for Sam to show what he can do.

May 26, 2015

A key NBA playoff performer has his leg broken amidst a national movement on police violence and the sports media—for once—have little to say.

May 22, 2015

Who could have predicted that Brazil’s World Cup buildup would have disastrous results—other than everyone not financially vested in its success?

May 19, 2015

If Roger Goodell believes that all documents should be disclosed, let’s start with the ones he is holding under lock and key.

May 15, 2015

NFL owners using our tax dollars to salute the troops? It’s even worse than that.

May 13, 2015

The sentiment of keeping sports and politics seperate unites the soccer leaders in Israel and Palestine. Tragically, they both mean profoundly different things.

May 11, 2015

The decision by Knicks and Liberty CEO James Dolan to belligerently hire Isiah Thomas to run the Liberty defies understanding.

May 6, 2015