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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.

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver has to account for why the owners have abided Sterling for so long.

April 27, 2014

Following the uproar over audio revelations of a racist rant by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, it is worth noting that Sterling’s racism, misogyny and otherwise awful behavior is nothing new.

April 26, 2014

It was revealed this week that the company Academi—the rebranded private militia once known as Blackwater—has been providing security training for the 2014 World Cup.

April 25, 2014

Football coach Pat Fitzgerald has led a scorched-earth operation to keep his team from voting “yes” in their historic union election.

April 24, 2014

In Brazil, the impact of sports mega-events like the World Cup on the environment is nothing to cheer.

April 22, 2014

We should demand the truth about the death of Pat Tillman.

April 21, 2014

The passing of prisoner-rights advocate Rubin “Hurricane” Carter should be a clarion call to champion prisoner’s rights.

April 20, 2014

Appearing on Al Jazeera America’s Consider This, Nation sports editor Dave Zirin comes to Hank Aaron‘s defense.

April 18, 2014

Baseball Hall of Famer Henry Aaron spoke his mind and is receiving racist death threats, thereby proving his point.

April 16, 2014

Next week will see two wrenching anniversaries one day apart. One will receive a great deal more coverage than the other.

April 13, 2014