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NFL Lockout!

Here is the naked truth: we face the prospect of no pro football in 2011 because the union made a three-word demand that would not have cost owners a dime—open your books.

Will the labor dispute between NFL players and owners lead to a lockout?

When President Obama framed an NFL lockout and the possible cancellation of the 2011 season as a quarrel between billionaires and millionaires, he missed the point.

Dave Zirin asks an all-star panel of thinkers and athletes, if you could have dinner with one person in the history of sports, who would it be? Their answers reflect how our greatest sports heroes have always also fought for social justice.

In an all-star panel moderated by Dave Zirin, Michael Eric Dyson, Kevin Blackistone and Bobby Mitchell explore the positive role sports has played for the African American community over the last century.

Dan Snyder needs a reminder about his team's attempts to resist integration.

For Bobby Mitchell, integrating the last whites-only football team in the NFL was a greater challenge than most Americans can grasp, and remains part of a period in sports history few even know about.

Leading an all-star panel of thinkers and athletes, The Nation's Dave Zirin asks, why is the history of sports and the African American experience so deeply intertwined?

Dave Zirin says that the Green Bay Packers are a special case in football, representing a possibility for community involvement and social change rarely seen in sports.

By this year's Super Bowl, if you are still passionately following football or, worse, allowing your kid to play, you may just be an old-fashioned imperialist running dog.


The “giant triplets” of poverty, racism and militarism that Dr .Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life to challenge are on full display in the National Football League.

January 21, 2013

What really happened in the case of star Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend?

January 19, 2013

In fessing up to performance enhancing drug use, the cycling icon failed on form and content.

January 18, 2013

When the bizarre story broke about Manti Te’o and his fake virtual girlfriend, the response of Notre Dame spoke volumes.

January 17, 2013

On Up with Chris Hayes, Dave Zirin discusses this year’s controversial Super Bowl ad. 

January 14, 2013

Lance Armstrong will attempt the impossible comeback this week. Given the masters he must appease, Oprah will not be enough.

January 14, 2013

The decision to elect no one to the baseball Hall of Fame class of 2013 will go down in infamy.

January 10, 2013

Nation sports columnist Dave Zirin questions the Baseball Hall of Fame for not selecting players accused of—or even vaguely connected with—steroid usage.

January 10, 2013

A liberal Washington Post columnist wrote about football star Robert Griffin III’s injury on Sunday. He ended up saying a whole lot more.

January 8, 2013

How do we begin to explain the exponentially different levels of attention paid to crimes of violence and power at Penn State and Notre Dame?

January 7, 2013