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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.

Only six players in the history of baseball have hit 600 home runs and Alex Rodriguez is one hit away from being the seventh. So why aren't fans making this a big deal?

Blogs

At the behest of LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers, the wife of banned owner Donald Sterling sits courtside. She really shouldn’t.

May 5, 2014

An article by The New York Times about sport's role in progressive politics tells a very selective history.

May 3, 2014

Nation sports editor Dave Zirin, appearing on Al Jazeera America’s Consider This, discusses Donald Sterling’s ban and what should be done next.

May 2, 2014

As any union organizer will tell you, a threatened strike is a tactic in and of itself.

April 30, 2014

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver brought down the hammer. But there is more work to be done.

April 29, 2014

John Carlos has some strong feelings about what fans, players and NBA owners should do about Donald Sterling.

April 29, 2014

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