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February 3, 2023
So Who Was Tom Brady?
After a quarter-century in the public eye, the future Hall of Famer is retiring, and we somehow know even less about him now than when he started.
January 24, 2023
The Enduring Stench of Jerry Jones’s Politics
The owner of Dallas Cowboys has never hired a Black head coach—and the team hasn’t won a championship in 27 years.
January 19, 2023
Tony Dungy Is a Right-Wing Zealot and the NFL and NBC Don’t Care
The Hall of Fame coach is held up as the epitome of character—but Tony Dungy has used his devoutness as cover for anti-gay bigotry.
January 11, 2023
Damar Hamlin’s Pain Is Not a Feel-Good Story
The NFL is encouraging the public to feel joy instead of trauma so the show can go on.
January 3, 2023
The NFL Just Showed the World What It Thinks of Its Players
When a player almost dies on the field, the game must end.
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December 8, 2022
The Qatar World Cup Ushers in a New Era of Digital Authoritarianism in Sports
With drones, video cameras, facial recognition software, and undercover police, the tournament may be the most-surveilled sporting event ever.
November 22, 2022
Is NFL Football a Blood Sport?
On this week’s episode of the
Edge of Sports
podcast, we speak to filmmaker Isaac Solotaroff to talk about his new film,
August 31, 2022
The NFL Disrespects Women. What Else Is New?
Anyone who finds sexual violence repugnant again finds themselves at odds with the league.
June 27, 2022
A Football Coach’s Prayer Is Not About Freedom. It’s About Coercion.
In a decision riddled with lies, the Supreme Court rules that a football coach can, should they choose, become a dictator-priest.
February 22, 2022
The Meaning Behind Brian Flores’s New Job
Brian Flores has a new gig in the league, but it won’t deter him from pressing forward on his racial discrimination suit.