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12/10/14 - #BlackLivesMatter Takes the Field: A Weekend of Athletes Speaking Out

The marches in the streets are not done. The die-ins disrupting traffic are not done. Any kind of closure for the families of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley and so many others is far from done. So why should anyone be surprised that the St. Louis Rams were not done?

12/09/14 - From Rams to Ariyana Smith, Athletes Honor Michael Brown

The sports world is alternately inspired and enraged by five members of the NFL's St. Louis Rams. Their grand transgressive action was walking out onto their home field before the start of their Sunday, November 30th game against the Oakland Raiders, and raising their arms in the "hands up don't shoot" pose that has become the international symbol of protests against the police shooting of unarmed Ferguson, Missouri, resident Michael Brown. Debates have raged about whether the playing field is an "appropriate" place for politics or if any of the Rams would in some way be sanctioned by the league.

12/03/14 - St. Louis Rams Players Tell the World That #BlackLivesMatter

Anytime someone says that pro athletes should just “shut up and play,” remind them that at every moment of every game “play” is only a small part of what they are actually doing. Instead, their number-one job is being a product. They are the product, selling the righteousness of their global sports brand. They are the models, selling the Nike swooshes that adorn their uniforms or the Gatorade they pour down their throats. They are selling, with each adrenaline pumping play, the myth that spending a billion dollars on this new stadium was a fine investment. They are also often asked to hawk whatever war is under way, their play a glamorous stand-in for blood on faraway battlefields. When fans and the media say to athletes with opinions, “Shut up and play,” they are really saying, “Shut up and sell.”

12/01/14 - Do #BlackLivesMatter to White Athletes? Let’s Ask Them

11/21/14 - Dave Zirin on the Dan Patrick Show: Roger Goodell & Adrian Peterson

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

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

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

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.