Podcast: Dave Zirin on the World Cup, FIFA & the ‘Sporting Shock Doctrine’ in Brazil

By: Sunday July 6, 2014 8:59 am

For weeks, Brazil has been the host of one of the most prominent mega-events in sports. The World Cup has been dazzling and inspiring at times, as the unexpected has happened. Yet, off the pitch, there have been armed Brazilian police firing tear gas at protesters as they fight to prevent dissent from becoming visible while the world’s eyes are on Brazil.

 

Coming Out and Playing Ball: Jason Collins Heads to Brooklyn Nets

By: Sunday February 23, 2014 4:00 pm

The Brooklyn Nets in their current iteration, having only moved to the borough they call home in 2012, are a fairly new enterprise. Even so, the team will make history this evening.

They’ll sign Jason Collins today to a ten day contract (after he clears waivers at 5:00pm ET), with hopes of having him suit up to go up against the LA Lakers tonight. Signing and frequently trading players isn’t a particularly new phenomenon, but what makes this deal noteworthy is that Jason Collins came out as gay while working as a free agent (meaning he wasn’t associated with a team) last year.

And Now a Few Words From TX Sportscaster Dale Hansen on the Coming Out of Michael Sam

By: Thursday February 13, 2014 12:20 pm

More like this, please.

Super Bowl Sunday!

By: Sunday February 2, 2014 3:15 pm

Welp. Here we are on the day of the largest annual secular holiday in the United States – Super Bowl Sunday. At 6:30PM Eastern time, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will kick-off at “MetLife” Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ for Super Bowl XLVIII. This is the first Super Bowl played outdoors in the north. Super Bowls XVI and XL were both played in Detroit albeit indoors at the Pontiac Silverdome and Ford Field respectively.

Come Saturday Morning: Move The Games. It’s That Simple.

By: Saturday August 10, 2013 6:45 am

Move the Games. It’s that simple.

Jason Collins Comes Out – the good, the bad, and the ugly (i.e the religious right)

By: Tuesday April 30, 2013 5:58 pm

n case you have been living in cave with your fingers in your ears, 12 year NBA veteran Jason Collins became the first openly active gay man in sports.

Super Bowl Winner Chosen by God

By: Sunday February 3, 2013 7:00 am

Millions of Americans willfully suffer under the illusion that religious faith brings health, wealth and- I kid you not- Super Bowl victories. A recent study by the Public Religion Research Institute found that one-third of the United States believes that God plays a role in determining which team wins the Super Bowl.

Qatar Launches Into 2022 World Cup on Backs of Abused Migrants

By: Thursday January 31, 2013 4:11 pm

Qatar sits like an oasis of hypertrophic capitalism amid a landscape barren in all respects except for its oil reserves. The emirate sustains itself by pumping out vast fossil fuel resources while importing human ones, in the form of legions of migrant workers from Bangladesh, Nepal and other Global South countries.

Labor activists say this fierce imbalance between the elite and the laboring underclass is headed for catastrophe as the country prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Manti Te’o: Game over, man.

By: Friday January 18, 2013 7:44 am

Look, I have no idea whether Manti Te’o is gay. Only he can answer that question. But the football player’s fake dead girlfriend hoax story isn’t going away, and the number of plausible reasons for this fantastic charade occurring are dwindling.

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