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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 new documentary from The Nation's explores the intersection of sports and politics in America.

After two avoidable deaths and an accusation of sexual assault by a Notre Dame player, it’s past time that the storied football squad had its program suspended.

According to Scahill, foreign policy isn't that different today from what it was during the Bush years—if anything, Obama has increased secrecy around issues like torture and targeted killings abroad, and has expanded the power of government to spy on US citizens.

With many teams undergoing new megastadium projects, players and fans are getting the short end of the stick.

Professional athletes make lousy public officials.

While the University of Texas at Austin's football team receives generous funding, the Vietnamese language program is being cut—even though it's the third-most-spoken language in the state.

In post–World Cup South Africa, the party's over: massive strikes and rapid erosion of the World Cup spirit speak to a serious political crisis facing scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma.

It's not about the $6 hot dogs, the $9 beers or the tickets you have to get a loan for. It's about insane amount of tax dollars and corporate welfare that goes into American sports right now.

The nationwide boycott of the Arizona law has hit the sports arena: demonstrators outside ball parks in cities across the country are demanding that baseball owners move the 2011 All Star Game out of Arizona.

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This is not a personal conduct policy. It is an amateurish, pandering, and altogether odious exercise in public relations.

September 17, 2014

Janay Rice is being revictimized by the media.

September 16, 2014

If the NFL wants to truly change, and not just clean up its image, it should fire Roger Goodell and replace him with forward-thinking football insiders.

September 15, 2014

In a speech for the ages, CBS sports broadcaster James Brown stands up to toxic masculinity.

September 12, 2014

Eric on "The Beatles in Mono" and Reed on how the emphasis on optics skews our democratic priorities.

September 11, 2014

Has Roger Goodell been lying about whether or not anyone in his office had access to the elevator videotape of Ray Rice's assault of Janay Rice? A bombshell report by the AP makes this case.

September 10, 2014

The league treated Rice’s abhorrent behavior as a public relations issue, not a domestic violence issue.

September 9, 2014

The lack of concern for Janay Rice now that the video of Ray Rice knocking her unconscious has been released is truly troubling.

September 8, 2014

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson “self-reported” an e-mail full of racist theories about how to get more white fans. But how much did Levenson’s words stray from the NBA’s own corporate gameplan?

September 8, 2014

When ESPN reporters and fans aren’t buying a racist name, it might be time for Dan Snyder to sell.

September 5, 2014