Hooray for Sports

“Between the Mitchell Report and the N.F.L.’s Spygate affair, the image of sports as an arena of fun and fair competition has taken a hit lately. Even the Olympics’ opening ceremonies were marred by a controversy over lip-synching. So the recent inauguration, in lower Manhattan, of the Sports Museum of America—a booster’s repository of ‘everything from NASCAR to the Negro Leagues,’ as its founder, Philip Schwalb, likes to say—seemed a fitting rehabilitation project….”

Read the rest of my Talk of the Town story at The New Yorker.

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