Publicly-funded stadiums, like the one that recently passed the Wisconsin state legislature, minimize risk for billionaire owners while saddling taxpayers with debt. Sports fandom groups together diverse populations, but that solidarity doesn’t translate to political power only to further exploitation. Also, Scott Walker is an evil little man.
Can a player be so reviled that he conjures up racism, classism, and homophobia all at once? If his name is Christian Laettner, then yes.
Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano talks soccer. More.
Recent tirades by Charles Barkley and Kevin Durant provoke questions about why some NBA players may be so resistant to analytics. The basketball hellscape depicted in Space Jam may have something to do with it.
Marc Trestman’s values were at odds with the culture of the NFL. So he was fired.
A new, “experimental” football league grows in Brooklyn.
Comparing the Hope Solo domestic violence case to the Ray Rice domestic violence case is at best a false equivalency and more probably deeply nefarious.
The spate of domestic violence cases involving NFL players prompts reconsideration of another incident of violence from recent history: Michael Vick’s dogfighting case.
When considering the overwhelming evidence that links traumatic brain injuries to football it’s also crucial to consider how such arguments against watching the NFL are constructed.
Watching a baseball a game without the meddling presence of curmudgeonly announcers really helps you appreciate those curmudgeonly announcers.
Watching the U.S. – Ghana World Cup match on a new, gigantic television screen — and experiencing the frustrations and exhilarations it provides.
For one new fan, the Rangers playoff run inspires anxieties about bandwagon-jumping and the kind of faith inspired by fandom.
It isn’t soccer that brings us together as much as it is the crushing terror and indifference of the natural world. Ole Ola!
The sport of curling looks simple enough to play that those of us watching at home think we could do it and complicated enough to keep those of us watching at home fascinated for hours.
Downhill skiers experience a form of terror imagined in paintings by Goya, poems by Shelley, and, more subtly, films like Hot Dog…The Movie.
Sage Kotsenburg won the gold in slopestyle snowboarding. Perhaps his weirdness could offer some much needed inspiration to the U.S. Men’s World Cup team.
The biathlon can look ridiculous but it’s still a primal test of endurance and accuracy with would-be assassins as competitors.
For the first time in their nearly 40-year existence, the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl. So now seems like a good time to leave the party.