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Can sports survive climate change?

It’s been six years since the IPCC released its 2018 report warning that mean global temperatures would rise past 1.5 Celsius unless drastic action was taken by 2030. While climate change is already impacting all aspects of our lives, there is one area where relatively rapid and meaningful steps could be taken, but have yet […]

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Sports gambling’s takeover of the pro sports world is just beginning

Sports gambling’s rapid takeover of the professional sports industry is arguably the most important development of our time in the world of athletics. The introduction of legal betting has created a powerful new source of temptation with corrosive effects on fans, players, owners, and ultimately the games themselves. Sports journalist Danny Funt joins Edge of […]

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How the OJ trial exposed—and changed—America

On April 10, OJ Simpson passed away at the age of 76. Although initially catapulted to fame by his career in the NFL and Hollywood, OJ’s early success was ultimately eclipsed by his alleged murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her lover, Ron Goldman. The double-homicide, subsequent trial, and acquittal rocked the nation—sparking […]

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FIFA’s silence on Gaza is unacceptable

More than six months into Israel’s genocide in Gaza, FIFA has yet to speak out in defense of Palestinian life. The wild success of the Palestinian team at this year’s Asian Cup did nothing to move FIFA to action. Not even Israel’s killings of Palestinian soccer legends Hani Al-Masdar and Mohammed Barakat, who livestreamed his […]

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‘Sports Illustrated’ and the death of sports media

Editor’s note: After this episode was recorded, Authentic Brands Group announced that Sports Illustrated would live on after Israel’s Minute Media acquired publishing rights for the magazine.  Layoffs, lawsuits, license revocations. The tragicomic spectacle unraveling at Sports Illustrated bears all the signs of a familiar tale: how hedge funds can take a functional, beloved brand and transform it into […]

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Before Caitlin Clark: The Hidden History of Women’s College Basketball

When Iowa’s Caitlin Clark broke Kelsey Plum’s NCAA women’s points record, she was inaccurately named the highest scoring player in the history of women’s collegiate basketball. But another player, Kansas legend Lynette Woodard, had actually scored more points in her career as part of the pre-NCAA Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). Clark eventually […]

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Jack McCallum’s ‘The Real Hoosiers’ chronicles the Crispus Attucks team’s historic championship victories

The study of the role played by sports in social change often focuses on the professional sphere, or on high-profile events like the Olympics. But in 1950s Indiana, the all-Black Crispus Attucks High School basketball team struck a pioneering blow for the end of racial segregation after winning two state championship victories shortly after the […]

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Angel Reese, Brittney Griner, and the politics of race and gender

Sports has long been a battlefield for the wider politics of race and gender in US society. Since 2020, the US has been rocked by upheavals at home and abroad, from the George Floyd uprisings to the war in Ukraine. And the media narratives surrounding two very different Black women athletes, Angel Reese and Brittney […]

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Orioles team store workers picket for better contract

Athletes get a lot of shine in conversations about labor in sports, but players aren’t the only workers that make the professional sports industry run. In Baltimore, workers at the Orioles team store organized with UNITE HERE for a decent contract from their subcontractor employer, Fanatics. The Real News reports from Camden Yards, where worker-organizers […]

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Dartmouth men’s basketball team votes to unionize

Dartmouth basketball players have made history by becoming the first college sports team in the US to unionize, shifting the playing field for other college athletes struggling for collective bargaining rights around the country. Dave Zirin examines this major breakthrough at the intersection of sports and the labor struggle in this edition of “Choice Words.” […]