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.
By 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.
By Alan Gilman, 6 August 2013
Major League Baseball has suspended another 13 players, including New York Yankee star Alex Rodriguez, for using performance-enhancing drugs.
By Alan Gilman, 30 July 2013
The latest chapter in the ongoing saga of performance-enhancing drugs shows how the drive for profit has debased professional sports.
By Mike Head, 11 February 2013
The source of the constant pressure on athletes to use performance-enhancing drugs is the multi-billion-dollar profits being made from the sports-media-entertainment industry.
By Bryan Dyne, 26 January 2013
The family of Junior Seau, the former San Diego Chargers football star, is suing the NFL for negligence.
By David Walsh, 23 January 2013
Armstrong apparently operated a type of mini-Mafia in cycling, bringing to the sport the very worst of American predatory entrepreneurship.
By Alan Gilman, 23 January 2013
During his career Musial won seven batting titles, three World Series titles, was voted the National League’s most valuable player three times and was named to a record-tying 24 All-Star teams.
By Alexander Fangmann, 4 December 2012
The hockey players’ union has agreed in principle to massive reductions in salary and changes in contract structure, with negotiations continuing over their implementation.
By James Brewer, 30 October 2012
Major League Baseball has taken every opportunity to infuse the World Series with patriotism and the glorification of war.
By Bryan Dyne, 27 October 2012
Lance Armstrong, seven-time winner of the Tour de France, has been barred from further cycling competition by the US Anti-Doping Agency.
By Alexander Fangmann, 4 October 2012
The continued NHL lockout threatens regular season games as owners demand massive salary concessions and contract modifications.
By Alan Gilman, 28 September 2012
NFL referee lockout caused mass anger over officiating mistakes.
By Alan Gilman, 20 September 2012
The National Football League lockout of its on-field officials continues into the third week of the NFL season.
By Chris Marsden, 4 August 2012
Major sporting matches are inevitably coloured by broader economic, social and political factors, and none more so than this, the premier global event.
By Paul Stuart, 2 August 2012
The accumulated impact of corporate sponsorship on each successive games is extinguishing whatever remains of the original Olympic ideal.
By Chris Marsden, 1 August 2012
It is to film director Danny Boyle’s credit that his Olympic Games opening ceremony aroused such a hostile reaction from a section of the UK’s Conservative right.
By Paul Stuart, 27 July 2012
The Royal Dock complex, adjacent to London’s financial district at Canary Wharf, is hosting up to one hundred super yachts, including twenty of the world’s most opulent, as the Olympic Games begin.
By Alan Gilman, 26 July 2012
With the National Football League set to open training camps later this month, the league’s on-field officials remain locked out.
By Patrick Martin, 25 July 2012
The NCAA is neither an impartial judge nor an innocent bystander.
By Paul Stuart, 16 July 2012
The trade unions are pushing through productivity deals in the transport sector ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games due to start 27 July.
By Paul Bond, 12 July 2012
The government has confirmed the locations of ground-based air defence missiles across London during the Olympic Games.
By Tom Eley, 4 May 2012
The suicide of Junior Seau is the latest in a series of incidents highlighting the brutality of America’s most popular spectator sport.
By Tom Eley, 12 April 2012
The US media has reacted hysterically to comments about Fidel Castro made by Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillén.
By David Walsh, 8 March 2012
From 2009 through 2011, a defensive coach and players on the New Orleans Saints football team operated a program under which players were paid cash rewards for injuring opponents, with higher payments for more serious injuries.
By Hiram Lee, 27 January 2012
Legendary college football coach Joe Paterno, demonized in the media for his role in the Penn State scandal, died January 22 at the age of 85.
By Matthew Brennan, 6 December 2011
After a five-month lockout, the players and the owners in the National Basketball Association have tentatively agreed to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
By Matthew Brennan, 24 November 2011
The high profile labor dispute over a new collective bargaining agreement between National Basketball Association (NBA) team owners and players appears to have reached an impasse.
17 November 2011
Letters in response to The Penn State scandal and sports in America
By David Walsh, 15 November 2011
The scandal currently enveloping Penn State’s football program, involving alleged child abuse by a former coach at the school, has dominated much of the American media for the past week.
By Jack Miller, 26 September 2011
Three current or former National Hockey League players, all of them known as “enforcers,” have died this year either by suicide or as the result of alcohol and drugs.
By Werner Albrecht, 12 July 2011
Major sporting events today are all about national prestige and big business, with corruption, bribery and doping playing ever-increasing roles.
By Alan Gilman, 4 July 2011
Owner Frank McCourt has looted as much as $200 million from the celebrated franchise.
By Richard Phillips, 27 May 2011
Lionel Rose will be remembered long after the well-heeled politicians “paying their respects” have left the scene.
By Joseph Santolan, 9 May 2011
Like almost every boxing figure before him, Manny Pacquiao came from a life of grinding poverty. It is this history—the intimate shared reality of suffering and struggle—that the vast majority Filipinos identify with.
By Jerry White, 7 May 2011
The media and corporate sponsors have gone after Pittsburgh Steeler running back Rashard Mendenhall for criticizing the jingoistic celebrations following the killing of Bin Laden.
By Tom Peters, 21 September 2010
The media campaign and charges against Pakistani cricketers Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt reveal the extent to which cricket has become dominated by commercial imperatives.
By Ann Talbot, 26 June 2010
Football and squalid shantytowns are no strangers to one another. For many barefoot children playing the game in the dust, their skills with the ball are seen as a way out of poverty.
A comment on the Vancouver Winter Olympics
By Jack Miller, 16 February 2010
The tragic death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili during a training run at the Whistler Sliding Centre north of Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday continues to cast a dark cloud over the Winter Olympic Games.
By David Walsh, 16 December 2009
The American media is generally full of rubbish, but more rubbish has been written and broadcast about Tiger Woods and his affairs than any other subject in some time.
By Hiram Lee and David Walsh, 1 September 2007
Following a week of intense media scrutiny, Michael Vick, National Football League (NFL) quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, pled guilty on August 27 to federal dogfighting charges. Vick, whose sentencing is set for December 10, faces the possibility of up to 5 years in prison, but is expected to serve only 12 to 18 months due to his plea agreement.
By Robert Hoffman and John Roberts, 10 January 2001
An acrimonious court case late last year in Australia's Federal Court over the exclusion of a team from the National Rugby League (NRL) spotlights how Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation uses sport to expand its pay TV subscriber base and secure multi-million dollar profits.
By Chris Marsden, 12 July 2000
The world of international soccer has been gripped by scandal over the awarding to Germany of the right to host the 2006 World Cup. The decision was the result of a controversial vote by the sports ruling body, FIFA, last week, in which a German victory by 12 votes to 11 over rival South Africa was made possible by the abstention of Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) President Charlie Dempsey of New Zealand, who was delegated to vote for the African country after England dropped out. If Dempsey had voted for South Africa the ballot would have been level. FIFA President Sepp Blatter favoured South Africa and would have cast the tie-breaking vote.
Behind the corruption scandals
By Richard Phillips, 16 March 1999
The international media, not known in the past for its criticism of the International Olympic Committee, has over the past six months been the vehicle for seemingly endless exposures of corruption affecting the IOC--with each new revelation more damning than its predecessor.
19 February 1999
Julie Hyland, for the WSWS
By Keith Morgan, 16 February 1999
The Australian Amateur Boxing League held a tournament on the Gold Coast in Queensland late last year where children of both sexes as young as nine were put into the ring and egged on to batter each other about the head for the entertainment of the paying audience.
By David Walsh, 16 January 1999
The retirement of basketball player Michael Jordan, after 13 years as a professional athlete, has generated a massive amount of media coverage. One doesn't write an "astounding amount" of coverage only because the US media's response is entirely predictable. Along with scandal-mongering and beating the war drums, cultivating the public's fascination with celebrities is one of their favorite pastimes.