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We should be cheering at sports events and screaming at politicians. But these
days, it's vice versa. Now that ESPN's Screamin' Stephen A. Smith is
acting like a pundit, things could change.

New York Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury is getting props with a $14.98 sneaker designed to appeal to low-income kids. But the criticism he's endured over
sweatshop labor shows it's hard to do good.

There's something unnerving about USA Basketball's motivational tactics
for the 2006 world championship--encouraging players to spend time with
wounded Iraq veterans, in hopes of enhancing teamwork and patriotism.

Major League Baseball's new "Faith Days" campaign is about more than family-friendly Christian entertainment with a twist of commerce.

After pressure from the local newspaper and the City Council
questioning the use of sweatshop labor to create Pittsburgh Pirates regalia, Major League Baseball seems willing to listen to activists' complaints.

If there is any message to be gleaned from the World Cup, it is
that soccer has finally shed its freight of machismo and anguish,
attracting a global audience of fans who simply want to have fun.

Soccer's not for wimps, but Team America and its fans have brought a
decidedly militarist mindset to the World Cup.

The Colorado Rockies recruit Christian players and claim God is at work on their game. Major League Baseball woos evangelicals with special "Faith Days at the Park." Something's going on here, but it has nothing to do with God.

Former Heisman trophy winner and ganja-smoking peacenik Ricky Williams is
contemplating the sweet life in the Canadian Football League. Here's
hoping he finds it.

To World Cup aficionados, soccer is a beautiful game, but to ideologues in the United States and Europe, it's a convenient political weapon against Iran's nuclear ambitions. Talk about spoilsports.

Blogs

Michael Sam’s efforts to become the first openly gay player in NFL history took a massive hit on Tuesday, with news that he was being cut from the Dallas Cowboys.

October 22, 2014

A world-class athlete is standing up to the barbaric surgical practices women are subjected to in international sports. She deserves our support.

October 20, 2014

“Since logic and human decency have not led to a name change, perhaps it’s best we attempt to destroy their brand through public mockery.”

October 17, 2014

Israeli basketball fans say it’s just a game. Palestinian fans say it’s their game too and are disappointed the NBA has taken away a safe space, an escape from conflict.

October 16, 2014

Ferguson October protesters want football fans to know that "Black lives matter, on and off the field."

October 14, 2014

High school football, hazing, sexual assault and a truth more horrifying than fiction.

October 13, 2014

If there is any justice, these revelations by longtime general manager Jerry Angelo will lead to an investigation and the firing of Roger Goodell.

October 10, 2014

Inside and outside the Barclays Center, protesters came out to raise their voices against a Friends of the IDF fundraiser that was coupled with an NBA preseason game between the Nets and Israeli team Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

October 8, 2014

Blood testing to build a better basketball cyborg? The newest NBA data-driven health craze that will further dehumanize—“thingify”—the players.

October 7, 2014

There will be a protest this Tuesday in Brooklyn before a preseason basketball game. It is difficult to comprehend, given his conciliatory approach, that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver did not see this coming.

 

October 3, 2014