By Alan Gilman, 17 December 2020
The US gold medal winner of the decathlon at the 1960 Olympics, Rafer Johnson, was the first African American athlete to achieve world prominence during the period of the Cold War and civil rights movement.
By Andy Thompson, 4 December 2020
The University of Michigan has canceled its game this upcoming weekend against the University of Maryland after 12 people in the program tested positive for coronavirus.
By Rafael Azul and Andrea Lobo, 30 November 2020
Beyond the mark he made on the history of football, Maradona’s hostility to inequality and imperialism won him sympathy from wide layers of workers and youth internationally.
By Andy Thompson, 10 November 2020
Thousands of college football fans in South Bend, Indiana, stormed the field Saturday night following the home team Notre Dame’s victory in double overtime over Clemson, then the top-ranked program in the country.
By Andy Thompson, 6 October 2020
Despite COVID-19 outbreaks of two NFL teams, the professional football season continues.
By Luke Galvin, 28 September 2020
Since August 24, there have been 1,250 cases of COVID-19 linked to the reopening of the university.
By Andy Thompson, 26 September 2020
After an earlier decision to postpone the season, the Pac-12 football conference has announced games will begin November 6th.
By Andy Thompson, 17 September 2020
After an earlier decision to postpone the season, the Big Ten football conference has announced games will begin October 24.
By Valery Tsekov, 9 September 2020
Ignoring the advice of Michigan’s chief medical executive, the Democratic governor suspended her executive order banning high school contact sports.
Drive to play college football continues as evidence mounts that games could be “superspreader” events
By Andy Thompson, 4 September 2020
Dozens of schools are still moving forward with plans to play games in front of tens of thousands of fans, and 77 of the 130 major college football programs will play their seasons in some form this fall.
By Kevin Reed, 28 August 2020
The boycott among professional athletes expanded on Thursday in response to the brutal police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
By Alan Gilman, 27 August 2020
The refusal of the Milwaukee Bucks to take the court for their Wednesday playoff game forced professional basketball to postpone all of Wednesday’s games.
By Andy Thompson, 6 August 2020
In order to protect billions in revenue, US universities are resorting to threats and cover-ups to keep their plans to play football in the fall on track.
By Alan Gilman, 3 August 2020
New positive cases have continued to emerge since the first outbreak in the Miami Marlins, causing postponement of 20 percent of last weekend’s games.
By Alan Gilman, 29 July 2020
Seventeen members of the Miami Marlins have tested positive for COVID-19 since the weekend, exposing a complete disregard for basic safety precautions.
By Bryan Dyne, 28 July 2020
If a similar revision were made to the fatality rate across the US, more than 18,000 new deaths would have to be added to the national toll.
By Alan Gilman, 11 July 2020
Professional baseball, basketball, football and soccer are all attempting to resume play without live audiences, but dozens of athletes have fallen victim to coronavirus.
By Omar Ali, 3 July 2020
The recently released documentary miniseries The Last Dance chronicles the championship season of the 1998 Chicago Bulls, with particular focus on the figure of superstar Michael Jordan.
By Alan Gilman, 27 June 2020
Major League Baseball plans to begin play during the pandemic, but as with the other professional sports, and college football, the hope of resuming in the midst of the pandemic seems delusional.
By Alan Gilman, 1 June 2020
As baseball finalizes its reopening plan, the monetary interests of the owners continue to supersede the health and welfare of the players, their families and their communities.
By Paul Bond, 25 May 2020
The government aims to use televised play to break down public support for social distancing. The PL’s concerns are more directly financial.
After weeks of delay
By Alan Gilman, 13 March 2020
The shutdown has extended to college and university athletics, including the NCAA national basketball tournament.
By Mike Head, 3 February 2020
Morrison’s removal of McKenzie will intensify the turmoil within the increasingly discredited government and the entire political establishment.
By Joanne Laurier, 1 February 2020
Steven Soderbergh’s latest film High Flying Bird concerns itself with a fictional National Basketball Association (NBA) lockout, but is essentially an accommodation to identity politics.
By Alan Gilman, 29 January 2020
The retired basketball star and his teenage daughter were among nine victims of a helicopter crash near Los Angeles.
By Kevin Reed, 12 December 2019
A four-year ban has been imposed on Russian athletes participating in international competition, including the upcoming Summer Olympics in 2020 and Winter Olympics in 2022.
By Joanne Laurier, 27 November 2019
Ford v Ferrari recounts Ford Motor Company’s bid to unseat Ferrari as the reigning champion of Le Mans in the 1960s. The Professor and the Madman tells the fascinating story of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary .
Remembrance Day and Rearmament:
By Carl Bronski, 14 November 2019
Don Cherry, the long-time intermission commentator on the iconic “Hockey Night in Canada” television broadcast, was fired Monday after delivering the latest in a decades-long string of right-wing, xenophobic rants.
By Alan Gilman, 23 September 2019
Despite one-fifth of starting quarterbacks unable to play because of injuries, the National Football League owners continue to refuse to give Colin Kaepernick a tryout, let alone hire him.
By Alan Gilman, 2 September 2019
The devastating physical and mental toll that professional football players have to endure is compelling some to retire at the height of their careers.
By Alan Gilman, 19 February 2019
Kaepernick drew national attention during the 2016 season when he knelt during the national anthem before games to protest social injustice, in particular police killings of African-Americans.
As National Football League season opens
By Alan Gilman, 10 September 2018
The National Football League season has opened against the backdrop of Colin Kaepernick becoming the face of Nike’s new “Just Do It” campaign and a ruling allowing his collusion lawsuit against the NFL to go forward.
By Alan Gilman, 13 August 2018
Despite attempts by the League, various owners, and Trump to stop player protests, several continued to protest for social justice, equality and against police violence.
By Anthony Torres, 16 July 2018
This Cup, marked by many surprise eliminations of top teams, ended with a match between two countries, France and Croatia, that were far from the favorites to win.
Trump rescinds Philadelphia Eagles’ White House invitation in latest provocation against NFL players
By Alan Gilman, 6 June 2018
On Monday, the day before the football team was to be honored for their Super Bowl championship at the White House, President Donald Trump disinvited the team.
By Matthew Taylor, 25 May 2018
The action was a capitulation to President Trump’s bullying, as well as an expression of the owners’ own hostility to players’ protests against police violence.
By Alan Gilman, 4 May 2018
The tape recording of a secret NFL meeting of owners and players to discuss Colin Kaepernick and Donald Trump was leaked to the New York Times.
By Paul Bond, 30 April 2018
The former Olympic Stadium, which has already cost taxpayers more than £750 million, has left a legacy of corporate venality, corruption and graft.
By Carlos Delgado, 12 March 2018
The film depicts the life and times of Tonya Harding, the former Olympic figure skater who became the center of a media firestorm after the assault on rival Nancy Kerrigan in 1994.
By Alan Gilman, 9 March 2018
The widespread corruption that has become the norm in college basketball shows how its unpaid “student-athletes” have been exploited by a multibillion-dollar enterprise.
By Will Morrow, 13 February 2018
This Olympics, like those that have preceded it, has been dominated by extreme expressions of nationalism and chauvinism, particularly by the US.
By Matthew Taylor, 7 February 2018
CNN’s decision to withhold their report until after the Super Bowl illustrates the media’s role as collaborators with, and mouthpieces of, the military intelligence apparatus.
By Josh Varlin, 6 December 2017
The move is intended to humiliate and isolate Russia, facilitating a long-term campaign by US imperialism to remove Russia as an obstacle to American hegemony.
By Jessica Goldstein, 3 November 2017
Few details have been released about the tragic death last week of an electrician who fell from a ladder at the construction site of the new $524 million stadium.
As Trump presses owners to fire protesting athletes
By Alan Gilman, 19 October 2017
In an angry tweet Wednesday, Trump complained that the NFL owners had decided not to force players to stand for the national anthem.
By Alan Gilman, 16 October 2017
The star quarterback has been denied a chance to play in the league because of his role in sparking protests over racial inequality and police violence.
By Trévon Austin, 12 October 2017
NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell and a number of team owners are taking measures to punish football players who kneel during the anthem.
By Alan Gilman, 10 October 2017
Pence and his wife left the Indianapolis stadium after about 20 members of the San Francisco 49ers “took a knee” during the national anthem.
By Alan Gilman, 28 September 2017
Donald Trump has continued his campaign of threats against protesting professional football players and other athletes.
By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2017
Trump’s attacks on NFL players for “disrespecting” the national anthem are a calculated effort to whip up racism and militarism.
By Alan Gilman, 26 September 2017
Once a star for the New England Patriots, Hernandez committed suicide earlier this year while serving a life sentence for murder.
By Patrick Martin, 25 September 2017
In a campaign speech in Alabama and multiple Twitter messages, the US president demanded total conformity from athletes with his policies of police repression and militarism.
By Alan Gilman, 7 September 2017
Last season, while playing for the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in protest against police killings of African Americans in the US.
By Warren Duzak, 14 August 2017
Joshua Mileto, a 16-year-old high school football player, was killed last week while participating in a group exercise designed for US Navy SEALs.
By Alan Gilman, 28 July 2017
The study showed that repeated head injuries cause chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 July 2017
Cricketing administrators are seeking to boost their control over billions of dollars of broadcasting and online streaming revenue.
By Alan Gilman, 21 April 2017
On the day that his former teammates were being honored at the White House, former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell.
By Alan Gilman, 13 February 2017
Six players from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots have announced they will not attend a White House event to be held in their honor.
By Andrea Peters, 13 December 2016
Authorities have responded to new allegations of doping to demand the indefinite exclusion of Russian athletes from international sports competitions.
By Alan Gilman, 28 September 2016
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem before NFL games, in protest of racial injustice and police brutality, has continued to gain support.
By Alan Gilman, 20 September 2016
The protest begun by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick over police violence and racial oppression has been taken up by other athletes.
By Alan Gilman, 30 August 2016
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback refused to stand for the national anthem, protesting the relentless promotion of the police and military during professional sports games.
By Andrea Peters, 25 August 2016
In the latest salvo against Russia, the world’s top court of sports has ruled that the country’s disabled athletes cannot participate in the upcoming games.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 August 2016
Cohen’s column sums up the social attitudes of a whole privileged layer, who are indifferent to inequality, despise the working class and have embraced imperialism as a necessary foundation of their wealth.
By Rafael Azul, 9 August 2016
The opening days of the Summer Olympic Games have proven that the Brazilian authorities have zero tolerance for even minimal forms of protest.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 August 2016
The Olympics are being held under conditions of military occupation in Brazil, one of the world’s must unequal countries, wracked by economic, social and political crises.
By Rafael Azul, 5 August 2016
The Rio Olympic Games open in the midst of social crisis.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 July 2016
The Olympics are being held in a Brazil wracked by political and economic crisis as well as mounting social unrest.
By David Levine, 26 July 2016
The International Olympic Committee will allow Russian athletes to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games if they can convince sports authorities they are innocent of doping.
Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for vice president, 5 July 2016
Sunday’s baseball game at the Fort Bragg military base was intended to manipulate the celebration of the American Revolution in order to promote militarism and war.
By Barry Grey, 14 May 2016
While it is entirely possible that the Putin government has overseen a program of doping, the unsubstantiated allegations are being used to promote a reactionary geopolitical agenda.
By Robert Stevens, 14 May 2016
The documentary reconstructs key events and includes harrowing footage of the crush and its aftermath, as well as interviews with family members, survivors and police officers on duty.
By David Walsh, 9 April 2016
The latest film from veteran British director Stephen Frears dramatizes the saga of cyclist Lance Armstrong’s rise to the top and his subsequent disgrace in a doping scandal.
By Alan Gilman, 19 March 2016
The NFL’s public acknowledgement that playing American football may cause brain damage is motivated by an attempt to protect the organization against future lawsuits.
By Alan Gilman, 14 January 2016
Despite its limitations, Concussion serves to bring before a mass audience the grave risks inherent in playing America’s most popular sport.
Report reveals massive pro-war propaganda campaign
By Eric London, 6 November 2015
According to a US Senate report, the Pentagon has paid over $50 million for hundreds of pro-war, pro-military propaganda events at sports stadiums in the last three years.
By Chris Marsden, 6 June 2015
No aspect of life is exempt from the impact of mounting economic, political and military antagonisms—and there is no limit to what the US is prepared to do to impose its will.
By Mark Blackwood, 5 June 2015
The campaign to overturn FIFA’s decisions to hold the World Cup in Russia and Qatar has spawned a slew of hypocritical articles over the atrocious conditions facing migrant workers.
By Niles Williamson, 3 June 2015
Sepp Blatter announced his resignation Tuesday in the face of immense pressure from the United States and European powers, upset above all by his closer relations with Russia.
By Robert Stevens, 1 June 2015
The campaign against FIFA head Sepp Blatter is part of the geo-political manoeuvres of the United States and its imperialist allies.
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 29 May 2015
The rampant financial corruption within football’s ruling body is being utilised by the US primarily as a propaganda weapon against Russia, chosen by FIFA to host the 2018 World Cup.
By Joseph Santolan, 6 May 2015
The boxing and entertainment industries generated over a billion dollars in profit out of the spectacle of two men punching at each other for thirty-six minutes.
By Alan Gilman, 24 March 2015
National Football League linebacker Chris Borland, after a starring rookie season, announced last week that he is retiring in order to avoid crippling brain injuries.
By Alan Gilman, 5 December 2014
Defensive tackle Kosta Karageorge, 22, reported missing for several days, was found dead in a dumpster in Columbus, Ohio from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
By James Cogan, 2 December 2014
The overblown response of the entire media, political and sporting establishment to Hughes’s death deserves careful and critical scrutiny.
By Paul Mitchell, 16 October 2014
The violence at the UEFA qualifying match happened on the eve of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Belgrade to mark the 70th anniversary of the city’s liberation from Nazi occupation in World War II.
By David Walsh, 19 September 2014
In response to recent incidents involving US professional football players Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, a number of large corporations have expressed “concern” or even withdrawn sponsorships.
By Alan Gilman, 18 September 2014
In a lawsuit brought by former players, the National Football League has admitted that nearly a third of retired players will suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s and other long-term cognitive diseases.
By Jason Melanovski, 17 September 2014
Terry Pegula has been awarded the rights to the Buffalo Bills National Football League franchise in a bidding war that lasted for several months.
By Alan Gilman and Jerry White, 10 September 2014
Nowhere in the round-the-clock media coverage and sanctimonious statements of NFL officials, team owners and political figures has there been the slightest insight into the broader social causes of such violence.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 July 2014
Brazil’s unprecedented debacle in its semifinal match with Germany has brought to the forefront the deep-going social conflicts that have surrounded this year’s World Cup.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 3 July 2014
Public statements and policies stigmatizing Algerians during the World Cup reflect the escalating anti-immigrant hysteria seizing the French ruling elite.
By Rafael Azul, 13 June 2014
Protests and strikes continued in Sao Paulo, Río de Janeiro and other cities on the opening day of the World Cup.
By Matthew Brennan, 26 May 2014
A group of retired NFL players allege that professional football knowingly supplied them with illegal narcotics and addictive painkillers.
By Tom Hall, 5 April 2014
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Brandon Backe and 11 co-litigants allege that Galveston police indiscriminately attacked a wedding party in 2008.
By Thomas Gaist, 19 March 2014
The deal represents yet another huge giveaway to billionaire Mike Ilitch.
By Barry Mason, 4 March 2014
Hillsborough family campaigners strongly believed their phone calls were being monitored in the aftermath of the football stadium disaster.
By Matthew Brennan, 12 February 2014
On February 3, Mexican featherweight boxer Oscar Gonzalez died from brain injuries sustained during a match with Jesus Galicia in Mexico City.
By Andrea Peters, 10 February 2014
The Sochi Olympics opened on Friday amid a propaganda onslaught from the US media, taking its cues from the Obama administration and allied powers in Europe.
By Andrea Peters, 27 January 2014
The US government and the Western media are working to turn the Sochi Olympics into a debacle for the Russian government.