Archive

11/21/14 - Beyond the Drug Raids: Why the Feds Are Fed Up With the NFL

Let’s be clear: the recent raid on five NFL teams by the Drug Enforcement Agency to see if teams were doubling as illegal painkiller dispensaries has little to do with concerns about how our nation’s Sunday heroes Novocain themselves for gridiron glory. The fact that the NFL and their teams of doctors and nurses give out prescription pills like Halloween candy and break out syringes to top off sessions of physical therapy has been public knowledge for over forty years. Player memoirs like the 1970s Out of their League, by Cardinal linebacker Dave Meggyesy, and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Peter Gent’s semi-autobiographical bestseller North Dallas Forty, addressed such things with a nonchalant frankness bordering on the blasé. These practices are also discussed by former players with a shrug as just the price they pay for keeping the trains—those same trains carrying billions of dollars in revenue—running on schedule. Players tend to come from poverty and play an average of just three and a half years on largely non-guaranteed contracts. They will do what they have to do to get out there on Sunday, and teams will be only too happy to oblige.

11/21/14 - New NBA Union Chief Michele Roberts Slams the League’s Old Labor Practices

The labor movement slogans that have guided generations include “an injury to one is an injury to all” and “solidarity forever.” But my favorite—because it speaks most directly to strategy—is, “The best way to avoid a strike is to prepare for one.” In other words, bosses will only back down and blink if they survey your side and think that they can lose.

11/14/14 - Boston Is Already Saying ‘Hell No’ to the 2024 Olympics

As someone who has reported from most of the Olympic sites since 2002, I have written—often—that these games, so treasured by athletes and fans, operate off-camera as a colossal scam. It doesn’t take Naomi Klein to see that the games arrive with a shock doctrine of debt, displacement and militarization of public space. This has always been the case, but since 9/11, as the security needs for the Olympics have exploded alongside the profit margins of private security and tech firms, it has become an utter disaster for host cities. In fact, staging the games has become so burdensome that the only countries which seem to want the them are places that have a more, let’s just say, dictatorial method of handling cost overruns and dissent among the general populace.

11/14/14 - Kurt Busch, Ray Rice and How Sports Disseminates the Burdens of Racism

11/07/14 - A-Rod and Ray Rice: If They Go Down, Let Them Not Be Alone

11/07/14 - Why the Movement Against Washington Football’s Racial Slur Is ‘Idle No More’

11/07/14 - FIFA Denies Women’s World Cup Players an Equal Playing Field—Literally

11/02/14 - The Bridge: A Political Appreciation of Steve Nash

10/22/14 - They Need Him, So Why Was Michael Sam Cut From the Dallas Cowboys?

10/22/14 - Stop Surgical Violence Against Women Athletes—and Let Dutee Run!

10/13/14 - ‘Raiders Night’ Comes to Sayreville

10/08/14 - The NBA’s 21st-Century Vampires

09/30/14 - ‘The Facts Themselves Speak Truth to Power’: An Interview With NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith

09/30/14 - Are Head Injuries the Bridge Between the NFL Playing Field and Domestic Violence?

09/21/14 - No Justice, No Football: Ferguson Demonstrators Bring Struggle to NFL Sunday

09/21/14 - The 2014 NFL: Where Racketeers Condemn Child Abusers

09/21/14 - Why NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Must Go and Who Should Replace Him

09/12/14 - ‘Erase the Tapes!’: The Beginning of the End for Roger Goodell

09/12/14 - The Revictimizing of Janay Rice

09/12/14 - Dave Zirin

09/12/14 - You Can’t Unsee It: Washington Football Name and Quiet Acts of Resistance

09/12/14 - UPDATED: Michael Sam: Out of the Closet, Out of the NFL?

09/01/14 - Yes, I ‘Question the NFL's Commitment’ to Being a Force Against Domestic Violence

09/01/14 - The Assassinating of Native American Voices by the Cowards Palin, Ditka and Snyder

09/01/14 - On the Little League World Series, Jackie Robinson West and Michael Brown

09/01/14 - The Wrong Question: ‘Where Are the Athletes on Ferguson?’

09/01/14 - The Major Problem With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Powerful Essay on Ferguson

09/01/14 - INTERVIEW: Why Pro Wrestler ‘MVP’ Made the Trip to Ferguson

09/01/14 - Robin Williams and a Moment of Magic

08/09/14 - Why Has It Taken This Long for a Men’s Pro-Sports Team to Hire a Female Coach?

08/09/14 - His Name Was Ahed Zaqout: Former Palestinian Soccer Star Killed in Gaza

08/09/14 - At Least My Hospital Isn’t Being Bombed

08/09/14 - Here’s What Happens When an NFL Player Beats His Fiancée Unconscious

07/25/14 - Four Little Boys and the Price of Play in Gaza

07/13/14 - The Preordained: Why LeBron James Was Always Coming Back to Cleveland

07/06/14 - ‘Exporting Gaza’: The Arming of Brazil’s World Cup Security

07/01/14 - Luis Suárez May Bite, but FIFA Sucks Blood

06/18/14 - Dispatches From Brazil’s World Cup: Real Estate Frenzy Provokes ‘Psychological Attack’ to Oust Favela Residents

06/16/14 - Dispatches From Brazil’s World Cup: ‘Don’t Tear Gas the Tourists!’

06/15/14 - Dispatches From Brazil’s World Cup: ‘No One Lives Here Anymore’

06/05/14 - John Carlos Stands Up to an NFL Slur

06/05/14 - A Historic Goal for Palestine

05/29/14 - Pure Poison: The UCSB Shooting, Ray Rice and a Culture of Violence Against Women

05/24/14 - Pelé Said What?

05/19/14 - ‘There Will Be No World Cup’: Brazil on the Brink

05/13/14 - Donald Sterling and Anderson Cooper: Meet the Wolf of Crenshaw

05/11/14 - Michael Sam Gets Drafted, and the NFL Has Issues

05/05/14 - No Sympathy for Shelly Sterling

05/03/14 - Whitewash: How The NY Times Just Rewrote The History of Sports

04/30/14 - What Helped Bring Donald Sterling Down? A Threatened Strike Against Racism

04/29/14 - The Sterling Ban: 10 Takeaways From Adam Silver’s and Kevin Johnson’s Press Conferences

04/25/14 - Breaking the Law? Northwestern Football Coach Pressures Players Not to Unionize

04/25/14 - Brazil’s World Cup Will Kick the Environment in the Teeth

04/25/14 - Ten Years Later: Questions Still Surround Pat Tillman’s Death

04/25/14 - On the Death and Life’s Work of the Unconquerable Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter

04/25/14 - Bigots Will Learn: You’re Not Going to Scare Henry Aaron

04/25/14 - Pat Tillman, the Boston Marathon and the Tale of Two Anniversaries

04/14/14 - Why Is Northwestern Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald Playing the Union Buster?

04/14/14 - The UConn Huskies Win ‘NCAA Hunger Games Bingo’

04/10/14 - Men on the Edge of Panic: Boomer Esiason, Mike Francesa and Toxic Masculinity

04/03/14 - Richard Sherman Defends His Dirt

03/30/14 - The Northwestern University Football Union and the NCAA’s Death Spiral

03/25/14 - It’s the Racism, Stupid: Meet the Press’s Epic NCAA Fail

03/14/14 - Disrespect in Dodgers Blue: Why Number 11 Should Be Worn Only by Manny Mota

03/08/14 - Major League Soccer to Start Season With Scab Refs

03/08/14 - My Years of Magical Thinking: Thoughts on the 1980s Showtime Lakers

02/28/14 - After Darren Sharper, the NFL Must Address Violence Against Women

02/26/14 - At Long Last, Jason Collins Is the First

02/24/14 - After the Press Conference: Michael Sam and "The Man Box"

02/14/14 - The Miami Dolphins, Richie Incognito, and the Rot in the National Football League

02/11/14 - All-American Michael Sam Comes Out and the NFL Is On the Clock

02/11/14 - Michael Sam Owns His Truth. Will NFL Owners Join Him?

02/10/14 - Ten Points about College Hoops All-American Marcus Smart Pushing A "Fan"

02/10/14 - It Begins: 4 LGBT Activists Arrested in Russia for Quoting the Olympic Charter

02/06/14 - Democracy Now Appearances

02/05/14 - The 2014 Sochi Olympics: Something For Everyone!

01/31/14 - Not a Broncos Fan? Then This Super Bowl, Root for Russell Wilson

01/27/14 - Richard Sherman’s Latest and his Refusal to Be a Brand

01/27/14 - Richard Sherman, Racial Coding and Bombastic Brainiacs

01/17/14 - Israel, Palestine, Pinochet… and a Soccer Jersey?

01/13/14 - More Shame for 60 Minutes: First Benghazi, Then the NSA, Now Alex Rodriguez

01/09/14 - The Florida State Seminoles: The Champions of Racist Mascots

01/07/14 - Jovan Belcher’s Murder-Suicide: Did the Kansas City Chiefs Pull the Trigger?

01/02/14 - Is it Getting Better? Chris Kluwe, Aaron Rodgers and LGBT Rights in Sports

01/02/14 - Dear NFL Owners: It’s Not Your Coaches. It’s You.

12/19/13 - What will the “Billie Jean Delegation” mean for LGBT Rights in Sochi?

12/16/13 - Peyton Manning: A Dreadful, Uninspired Choice as Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year

12/10/13 - Mandela’s Uses of Sports: Resistance, Reconciliation and Rebranding

12/05/13 - Ten Takeaways from The Winston Case: In This World, You Want To Be Jameis Winston, Not Trayvon Martin

11/27/13 - Redskins Owner Dan Snyder Says ‘Some of My Best Friends Are Navajo Code Talkers!’

11/24/13 - Racist Attack at San Jose State, the Holy Ground of the Black Athlete’s Revolt