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A Jeremy Lin fan

The NBA point-guard phenom has sparked a national discussion about racism against Asian-Americans.
 

Joe Hill, Joe Pa, Tebow and Wee Brains.

International soccer lost a hero when Socrates, the masterful Brazilian midfielder who captained Brazil’s famed 1982 World Cup squad, died last weekend.

There is a reason the former Mets skipper hasn't worked a Major League dugout in a decade.

Penn State fans

There is a message here about masculine privilege.

Roberto Clemente, Ernie Davis, Ted Williams and many more. The Nation's readers choose their childhood sports heroes.

Muhammad Ali, Hank Aaron, Gordie Howe and many more. The Nation's readers choose their childhood sports heroes.

Sports are more than just games: when we play or watch sports, we are forming the ways we look at our world and understand issues of sexism, racism, homophobia and nationalism.

Despite Hosni Mubarak's support for their sport, Egyptian squash players now show no sympathy for the fallen dictator.

A hilarious, incisive look at taxpayer-funded stadiums.

Blogs

The big guy upstairs picks sides in the Super Bowl. 

February 11, 2014

Speaking on C-SPAN, former US Olympic luge member Samantha Retrosi spoke about the tenuous position of amateur athletes.

February 10, 2014

All-American Michael Sam’s coming out is new and historic. The early reaction by NFL GMs is tired and bigoted.

February 10, 2014

Why did Marcus Smart push someone in the stands? Let’s unpack a moment that’s roiling the sports world.

February 9, 2014

Athletes are going to need to ally with four people we can now call the first political prisoners of this Olympiad. 

February 7, 2014

Samantha Retrosi and Dave Zirin appear on Democracy Now! just two days before the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

February 5, 2014

The 2014 Sochi Olympics have united the world… in disgust.

February 5, 2014

Nation sports editor Dave Zirin appears on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show to discuss the issue of medical coverage for NFL retirees.

February 3, 2014

The NFL and the military work together to spin fantasies about the harm that can result from both activities.

February 3, 2014

Russell Wilson could break multiple taboos and thrash quite a few tired tropes with a victory in the Super Bowl this Sunday.

January 31, 2014