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.
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.