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Galeano

Professional soccer does everything to castrate its own energy of happiness, but it survives in spite of all the spites.

Brazil World Cup

The Cup has become a tool for neoliberal plunder—but Brazilians are fighting back.

Stadium in Brazil

Sports tournaments will pollute air for “the earth’s lungs.”

Sasha Menu Courey

To curb sexual assault, victims need allies and advocates. Former University of Missouri football player Rolandis Woodland is a model for this.

Scaffold Brigada

In the London neighborhood of Forest Gate, the spark of a soccer revolution is brewing.

Dave Zirin and Samantha Retrosi

The Nation's sports editor Dave Zirin will join former luge competitor Samantha Retrosi to take reader questions on the politics of the Olympic games.

Sochi illustration

The Russian government’s anti-gay scapegoating diverts attention from what appears to be the most corrupt Olympics in history.

John Carlos

“You need to follow your conscience, follow your heart and follow your wisdom.”

Sochi rubble

Illegal waste dumps, displacement of residents, harsh retribution against local activists: Sochi has it all.

Blogs

The recent Brazilian marine invasion of a favela, and the way the invasion was covered, raises serious concerns.

March 30, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board ruling that the Northwestern football team can unionize signals a massive sea-change in so-called amateur athletics.

March 26, 2014

Dan Snyder’s latest open letter about why he is not changing the name of his football team and his new foundation for Native Americans beggars belief.

March 25, 2014

Bringing Arne Duncan and NCAA President Mark Emmert together to discuss the question of compensating college athletes produced predictable results.

March 23, 2014

Michael Sam pays tribute to a campus that gave him the strength to make history.

March 21, 2014

It’s March Madness, that time of year when the NCAA’s revenue streams become a biblical flood, and this revenue gusher is creating an unholy pressure on the foundations of the NCAA, turning cracks into fissures.

March 18, 2014

Russia’s annexation of Ukraine comes amidst the Paralympics, a time when countries are supposed to abide by principles of peace.

March 16, 2014

There is a 23-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers rookie of great promise named Erisbel Arruebarrena, walking around spring training wearing number 11, and this bothers the holy hell out of me. There is only one number 11 for the Dodgers, and that is Manny Mota.

March 14, 2014

Jonathan Martin’s need for mental health care and his courage to blow the whistle on the Miami Dolphins has not prevented him from finding a new NFL home.

March 12, 2014

The deaths and imprisonments of the Palestinian soccer players at Israel’s hands demand answers.

March 10, 2014