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Harrison Butker at commencement

Harrison Butker Is a Jerk, a Bigot, and a True Representative of the NFL Harrison Butker Is a Jerk, a Bigot, and a True Representative of the NFL

In a brief commencement speech, the Kansas City kicker managed to be racist, sexist, and homophobic. The NFL’s response is revealing.

May 16, 2024 / Dave Zirin

O.J. Simpson at his 1995 trial

O.J. Simpson Was a Rorschach Test for America O.J. Simpson Was a Rorschach Test for America

Society / April 11, 2024 O.J. Simpson Was a Rorschach Test for America Most people saw the Hall of Fame running back not as a person but as symbol for what was wrong with the c…

Apr 11, 2024 / Dave Zirin

Smoke billows during the Israeli bombardment of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on February 12, 2024.

The First Thing We Should Remember About the Super Bowl Is the Massacre The First Thing We Should Remember About the Super Bowl Is the Massacre

During the year’s biggest television event in the US, Israel launched an attack on Rafah, hoping Americans wouldn’t notice. Now, the strikes are part of NFL history.

Feb 12, 2024 / Dave Zirin

Crowds jam into Caesars Sports Book at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino to bet on the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII on February 12, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Super Bowl of Gambling The Super Bowl of Gambling

The gambling industry has consumed the sports world, so of course, the Super Bowl is in Las Vegas.

Feb 9, 2024 / Dave Zirin

The San Francisco 49ers mascot, Sourdough Sam, leads the team onto the field at the start of the game between the Washington Commanders and the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, December 24, 2022, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Who Were the Real 49ers? Who Were the Real 49ers?

Fans of the San Francisco 49ers may feel like their team name is less racist than the “Chiefs,” but given the bloody history of the Gold Rush, they shouldn’t be so smug.

Feb 9, 2024 / Simon Moya-Smith

An ESPN microphone before the NFL game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals on September 25, 2023, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The NFL May Buy a Stake in ESPN. Is This the Death of the Network’s Journalism? The NFL May Buy a Stake in ESPN. Is This the Death of the Network’s Journalism?

ESPN’s dogged but underappreciated reporters keep getting laid off—and now a main target of their investigations may become the new boss.

Jan 17, 2024 / Dave Zirin

stadium NFL tottenham ravens played titans took a moment of silence to

The NFL Prays for Israel and Ignores Palestine The NFL Prays for Israel and Ignores Palestine

A few football fans started chanting “Free Palestine” during a moment of silence for the Israeli dead. It was a cry for Palestinian lives to matter as much as Israeli ones.

Oct 16, 2023 / Dave Zirin

Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants runs down the field holding football

Time to Stop Running Time to Stop Running

NFL running backs are in the same fight as all laborers: the struggle to be treated as humans, not “cattle.”

Jul 26, 2023 / Dave Zirin

Jim Brown sits on the sideline, his helmet off.

Jim Brown’s War Within Himself Jim Brown’s War Within Himself

The passing of the football great is an opportunity to speak about his tangled legacy.

May 22, 2023 / Dave Zirin

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackso

Lamar Jackson Made the Billionaires Blink Lamar Jackson Made the Billionaires Blink

After a two-year odyssey, the MVP quarterback scores a contract that was even more about power than about money.

May 2, 2023 / Dave Zirin

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