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Sports has a rich tradition of resistance politics. 

From Jackie Robinson and the first integrated sports teams to Pat Tillman and our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, sports is woven into the fabric of our nation.

 There was a time—not too long ago—when black players were not allowed to play on "white" teams.

Jocks vs. Pukes

Jock Culture is a distortion of sports.

Atlantic Yards construction site

Numerous cities are littered with “downtown catalysts” that failed to catalyze.

Rollerderby

Roller Derby marries an underground vibe with the fun of athletic competition.

Make no mistake about it: the owners lost.

Blogs

I’m on my way to the World Cup to take the temperature of Brazil’s historic passion for soccer, as well as its rekindled passion for struggle.

June 12, 2014

The ad, which was booted from the Super Bowl this past year, finally aired—and it’s powerful.

June 11, 2014

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, armed with historical revisionism, wants to blame Brazil’s turmoil on political agitators. That charge won’t stick.

June 8, 2014

The NFL may say officially that “Redskins” “is not a slur,” but 1968 bronze medalist and medal-stand protester John Carlos, a man who has had more than a few invectives tossed his way over the years, disagrees.

June 4, 2014

For the first time in its eighty-six-year existence, the Palestinian national team has qualified for a major international tournament. 

June 2, 2014

In an era of carbon copies, I’m beyond grateful that Lance Stephenson can still exist and remind us of what once was.

May 30, 2014

Misogyny becomes weaponized when a culture excuses it and looks the other way.

May 27, 2014

Sterling’s quiet exit is a great outcome for the NBA brass—but not for justice.

May 23, 2014

Brazilian soccer legend Pelé has long loathed the political spotlight. He grabbed it this week to criticize the very World Cup he helped bring to his country.

May 20, 2014

LA Clippers deposed owner Donald Sterling will be taking the NBA to court. This could get very interesting. 

May 19, 2014