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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.

The NFL's Concussion Culture

Football players from the 1980s and 1990s are turning up dead.

The National Basketball Association lockout isn't about losses. It's about breaking the union.

Blogs

A key NBA playoff performer has his leg broken amidst a national movement on police violence and the sports media—for once—have little to say.

May 22, 2015

Who could have predicted that Brazil’s World Cup buildup would have disastrous results—other than everyone not financially vested in its success?

May 19, 2015

If Roger Goodell believes that all documents should be disclosed, let’s start with the ones he is holding under lock and key.

May 15, 2015

NFL owners using our tax dollars to salute the troops? It’s even worse than that.

May 13, 2015

The sentiment of keeping sports and politics seperate unites the soccer leaders in Israel and Palestine. Tragically, they both mean profoundly different things.

May 11, 2015

The decision by Knicks and Liberty CEO James Dolan to belligerently hire Isiah Thomas to run the Liberty defies understanding.

May 6, 2015

Rendering the oppressed invisible is a prerequisite to explosions like we have seen in Baltimore.

April 30, 2015

Camden Yards can be seen as a symbol of what ails urban America, and it’s hardly alone.

April 28, 2015

The decision by Baltimore’s mayor to lock baseball fans inside a stadium to “protect” them from protestors sent a message to the world built on a lie.

April 27, 2015

The Justice Department’s quest to prosecute Barry Bonds is a shameful stain in their history. Now put him in the Hall of Fame.

April 23, 2015