Super Bowl

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

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during the closing press conference at the 2018 NFL Annual Meetings in Orlando.

The NFL Disrespects Women. What Else Is New? The NFL Disrespects Women. What Else Is New?

Anyone who finds sexual violence repugnant again finds themselves at odds with the league.

Aug 31, 2022 / Dave Zirin

Was the Super Bowl Halftime Show a “Missed Opportunity”?

Was the Super Bowl Halftime Show a “Missed Opportunity”? Was the Super Bowl Halftime Show a “Missed Opportunity”?

Legendary hip-hop acts came together in politics-free performance.

Feb 15, 2022 / Dave Zirin

The Super Bowl’s Woke Capitalism

The Super Bowl’s Woke Capitalism The Super Bowl’s Woke Capitalism

The NFL is desperate to showcase Black talent in an effort to get us to ignore its treatment of Black people.

Feb 8, 2021 / Dave Zirin

Trump and Belichick

In a Shocker, Bill Belichick Spurns Trump’s Medal of Freedom In a Shocker, Bill Belichick Spurns Trump’s Medal of Freedom

There is no way Belichick could have avoided a jagged scar on his legacy if he had bent the knee for Trump at this moment in history.

Jan 13, 2021 / Dave Zirin

A row of gamers concentrating during an esports competition.

E-Sports Are Rife With Exploitation E-Sports Are Rife With Exploitation

The corporate success of competitive gaming obscures the industry’s dark side: a massive underclass of underpaid freelancers.

Feb 26, 2020 / Alexander Lee

NFL Super Bowl commercial

This Year’s Super Bowl Was Blatantly Propagandistic This Year’s Super Bowl Was Blatantly Propagandistic

Kansas City won the big game, but that was a sideshow compared to the political bombast on display.

Feb 4, 2020 / Dave Zirin

The Super Bowl Is a Grift of Epic Proportions

The Super Bowl Is a Grift of Epic Proportions The Super Bowl Is a Grift of Epic Proportions

While the wealthy party during Super Bowl week, a heist is happening in plain sight.

Jan 31, 2020 / Dave Zirin

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